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Are veggie patties and falafel balls healthy?

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Are veggie patties and falafel balls healthy?

I am looking to replace some of my white chicken breast meals with plant based options.

Today i picked up some falafel balls and a veggie patties . Are they healthy and worthy of being added as a daily meal? Nutritional labels are below:

veggie patties: http://prntscr.com/q7pqql

falafel balls: http://prntscr.com/q7pqz5
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Depends on context. Eat them daily? Probably a bit too often for processed food. Every now and then as part of a varied diet? Sure, why not? :)

You need to consider the entirety of your diet to set the context.
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Yes those ones are pretty heatlhy. Healthier then meat. The burgers you posted are not vegan (egg white) though

Op isnt asking about impossible and beyond, so no idea what that post is about. Though still better then meat
Last edited by zoro69 on Dec 8th, 2019 3:59 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Meh, ok, still too much salt IMO, but better than Beyond Belief or the other magic non meat options IF you also don't add fat & calories by frying them but do add more fresh veggie toppings or sides with low fat & low salt condiments or sauce. By themselves they don't have as much veggies or fiber as they could but are maybe better than the other now trendy highly processed, salty, expensive, non meat crap that calls pea or soy protein mush as "plants" vs. a part of a plant that has been pulverized into powder & a lot of additive crap added to this "base" yo make it "taste" good vs. being nutritionally good.

DIY Felafel ingredients are SO simple & part of a healthy meal but normally ruined for health by traditionally deep frying. These are at least suggested to bake.

Making both from homemade recipes is SO incredibly easy & cheaper (RFD $$$ approved) & UNPROCESSED, meaning they retain fiber & have fewer additives like salt, that are controlled by you.

LOTS of vegetarian recipes online for both, then tweak to your taste & SAVE YOUR MONEY. But both, homemade or these are only a PART of a nutritiously complete meal, so add a LOT more fresh veggies to the burger or pita or plate & use 100% whole wheat buns or bread all for nutrients & fiber, control the salt, fat/oil & sugar. And repeat the goal for every meal.

Store bought is just too often over processed, too much salt, fat or sugars, lacks fiber & nutrients & costs much more.
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There are benefits but, there are misconceptions as well.

Most are so processed, "these burgers qualify as processed foods, McGrane says. Experts recommend limiting processed foods because they generally have many less-than-healthy ingredients added to them, such as preservatives, sweeteners, and oils" and ,"that the "may not be the no-brainer they appear to be because they still have significant amounts of saturated fat — 6 g in the Beyond Burger and 8 g in the Impossible Burger. By comparison, a burger made with 90 percent lean beef has about 4.5 g of saturated fat ". "If reducing your intake of saturated fat is a goal, then choosing one of these burgers over a 90 percent lean beef burger is not a beneficial choice,”
https://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nut ... than-meat/
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zoro69 wrote: Yes those ones are pretty heatlhy. Healthier then meat. The burgers you posted are not vegan (egg white) though
How are they healthier than meat? What parameters are you using to define healthy?
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Food is all relative. Falafel is typically made with grounded chick peas and herbs. Then deep fried. The frying process certainly is not healthy, but it is healthier than eating salted fries. Frying foods tend to destroy its nutritional value. You probably wouldn't eat falafels on its own right? Usually comes in a wrap with veggies, or in a plate with rice and salads. It can be relatively healthy until you add those really heavy sauces. So if you get some falafel balls with a salad, and don't add any heavy sauces to it, that's relatively very healthy.

Veggie patties are often heavily processed and I wouldn't call those healthy. Processed food is generally bad because the processing itself would remove a lot of the nutritional value normally found in those ingredients. You don't want to eat "empty calories". You want to get your calorie intake while taking on things you need like vitamins and protein and fiber.
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Falafel are mostly dry beans and water, and the fact that canola oil is the third ingredient shows that they were deep fried. You don't save anything with these "baked" ones.

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