Be it salty, greasy, spicy or sweet, there is no taste that our wide array of Indian street food can’t please. And let’s admit it, in the present nippy weather it becomes all the more tough to resist these mouthwatering temptations lined across every nook and cranny of your city, teasing you to indulge. To our good fortune, there are options galore! From Dahi Bhalla, kachoris and pakodas to momos. But before you binge into your favourite Indian street food, it is always good to know the larger impact it may have on your tummy, cholesterol, blood pressure and sugar levels. While some street foods, like bhutta (corn cob) shakarkandi or jhal muri still manages to pass the litmus test, there are certain Indian street foods which could prove to be a tad risky affair for your overall health.
Here are 6 Indian street foods you should be weary of this monsoon season:
1. Gol Gappa/ Pani Puri
Gol Gappa in Delhi, Phuchka in Bengal, Gup Chup in Chattisgarh or Pani Puri in Maharashtra, call it by any name, and it will evoke the same love at any part of the country. Gol Gappa is hollow puri, fried crisp and filled with a mixture of flavoured water (commonly known as imli pani), tamarind chutney, chilli, chaat masala, potato, onion and chickpeas. Dr. Simran Saini, Nutritionist at Fortis Hospital, Delhi, strictly warns against loading up on Gol Gappas this season. “There are several risk factors involved – the water could be contaminated as it is left in the open. You are never sure if the hands used in filling the Gol Gappas are always clean. So many people are falling prey to water-borne diseases in this season.”
3. Chaat Papdi or Bhalla Papdi
According Dr. Simran Saini, “It is actually the uncooked street food which can pose to be a risk. In Bhalla Paapdi or Chaat Papdi, the curd could contain millions of bacteria, which find the best time to harbour, particularly in this season. It can lead to throat infections and ENT issues.”
4. Chole Bhatture
Love the pillowy bhature with the spicy chole? Watch out as bingeing a bit too much on this yummy Indian street food can be packed with calories and saturated fats, which can take your bad cholesterol levels to an all-time high. Soaked in oil, left open for hours, these bhaturas could lead to an upset stomach and a queazy feeling. Acidity and heart burn are also common side effects we must keep in mind before digging into this treat.
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