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I was asked by SheerLuxe recently about watch-outs when ordering that cheeky take-away and how to make healthier choices. Read on to find out my take...
In your opinion, are there some takeaways that are always best avoided from a nutritional
point of view? E.g. fried chicken, fish and chips etc? Can these dishes ever be healthy?
Absolutely. If you are someone that is having any more than 1 take away per week
then fried food should be avoided. Too much fried food can clog your arteries and
lead to heart disease if it's regularly consumed. If you are having it occasionally, once
every couple of weeks or months or so, then you don't need to worry too much.
Many cuisines use a lot of salt and oil (as that's what makes food taste so good), so if
you are having takeaways a lot it can really impact your cholesterol levels and lead to
weight gain. The main culprits are chips, burgers, spring rolls, tempura, battered fish
What are some of the healthier cuisines available when ordering? What
should you be looking for? Any keywords/buzzwords to look out for?
Services like Deliveroo have so much on offer, and even cuisines/restaurants that you may think
are unhealthy, often have lighter meals on offer too. For example, Vietnamese Bun is
a better option than an oily noodle or creamy curry dish. It’s a warm salad with glass
noodles and a choice of protein. Alternatively, opting for wholegrains where
possible, such as with pasta or pizza bases is always a better choice.
Use the filters when searching to avoid suggestions you may be tempted by, or to only select healthy choices. There is a filter for “healthy” or "light meals". Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese food can be healthier options, especially Pho, Stir Fries and soups.
People say that Asian cuisine is always a good option as it’s light – is this true? What about
Yes and no. For example, a chicken katsu curry can have over 800 calories, and offer
little nutritional value. However, if you swap the white for brown rice, and order a
side of green vegetables you’ve hit some key nutritional goals.
In terms of being a light option, it’s like any cuisine - there are lighter smaller meal
choices, or there are heavy warm meals. It’s more important that you’re looking at
the ingredients - sugar and salt content, and if you can make healthy swaps such as
brown rice and add in extra veggies.
Asian food is sometimes prepared using flavour enhancers, which are synthetic
chemicals added to make the meal more flavoursome. You know how you get very
thirsty sometimes when eating asian food? That’s the salt and enhancers at work, as
they both dehydrate your body. Avoid Flavour Enhancer 651 and Monosodium
Glutamate (MSG) and sulphur dioxide. Most places are great at stating they don't use MSG, but if unsure you can ask if they will remove this for you in the comments of your order.<