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Posted by: Shaun Petersen | 2010/01/18

Nutritional value...good or bad?

please clarify nutritional value of hummus and fallafel,thanks.

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Dear Shaun
Both hummus and falafel are rich in plant protein and contain no cholesterol because they are made from legumes (e.g. chickpeas). However both these traditional foods have relatively high energy and fat contents because hummus is made with tahini (extract of sesame seeds) and falafel is fried in plant oil. The average composition of hummus per 100g is: Energy = 166 kcal or 697 kJ; total fat = 10g; saturated fat = 1.6 g; sodium = 380 mg; carbohydrate = 14,2 g; dietary fibre = 6 g; plant protein = 7,7g. The average composition of falafel per 100g is: Energy = 335 kcal or 1407 kJ; total fat = 17,6 g; saturated fat = 11.8 g; sodium = 300 mg; carbohydrate = 29,4 g; protein = 11,8 g. Weigh how much hummus and falafel you eat and calculate the energy and nutrient intakes for your typical servings. Basically hummus has a lower energy content and contains less saturated fat than falafel. Hummus also has a higher dietary fibre content, but contains less plant protein per 100g. Both these foods have a low glycaemic index.
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Posted by: DietDoc | 2010/01/18

Dear Shaun
Both hummus and falafel are rich in plant protein and contain no cholesterol because they are made from legumes (e.g. chickpeas). However both these traditional foods have relatively high energy and fat contents because hummus is made with tahini (extract of sesame seeds) and falafel is fried in plant oil. The average composition of hummus per 100g is: Energy = 166 kcal or 697 kJ; total fat = 10g; saturated fat = 1.6 g; sodium = 380 mg; carbohydrate = 14,2 g; dietary fibre = 6 g; plant protein = 7,7g. The average composition of falafel per 100g is: Energy = 335 kcal or 1407 kJ; total fat = 17,6 g; saturated fat = 11.8 g; sodium = 300 mg; carbohydrate = 29,4 g; protein = 11,8 g. Weigh how much hummus and falafel you eat and calculate the energy and nutrient intakes for your typical servings. Basically hummus has a lower energy content and contains less saturated fat than falafel. Hummus also has a higher dietary fibre content, but contains less plant protein per 100g. Both these foods have a low glycaemic index.
Enjoy
DietDoc

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