Sunday, May 25, 2008

Dosa fattier than Cake/Pizza?

Got this from a TOI report on labelling on food. It basically lists the trans fats in food per 100 gm as got from CERCs Insight magazine.  In that list pictured here, Masala Dosa is listed as having more trans fatty acids than pizza and cake and even "desi sweets". 


Now firstly, trans fatty acids are not the only indicator of food being healthy or otherwise. Maida, sugar content etc. also come into play.

Having said that my elementary knowledge of this trans fat business says that you need to be using hygrogenated vegetable oils to create trans fats (by and large). 

My elementary knowledge of cooking also tells me that typically in most non moronic households, dosa is made with til oil - one of the best oils to be consumed.

Also, pizza and cake apart being made with maida (one of the main culprits of ill health) also contain more hydrogenated fat than dosas. Even bread has a fair amount of hydrogenated fat.  Not sure how this report got this value for dosa. Even in hotels, dosas are not made with so much fat, unless it is some butter paneer masala dosa. 

Funny aint it? Or am I getting something wrong?

6 comments:

ggop said...

This is "news" to me. Agree with all your points - how about the crispy dosas in restaurants. I mean they don't resemble our humble home made dosas in anyway in size, oil content or fillings.

Do they really use sesame/gingelly oil? I doubt it. Maybe they use cheap Dalda for the crisp effect.
(Just speculating on the source of their dosa)

hammy said...

It's a plot!! A twisted political game! All the Pizza outlets have formed cartels and are using their collective weight (which, thanks to their pizza consumption, is huge) to pull strings and influence health reports against our humble south indian delicacies.

I say the Italian Mafia is behind all this. "Make them a Pizza they can't refuse" seems to be their motto. Where will this all end??

We need to show them a pizza our minds...

Nikhil Narayanan said...

As someone said, may be its a Pizza cartel trying to push dosa out of our menu.

May be, someone need to "relaunch" dosa as Dozza,sounds cool aint it...
Also, oregano and chilly flakes along with it....
Long live the dosa.

Kavi said...

It is fishy. Trans fishy !! How can that be..!

Is there a lobyy ?!? Hmm !

sandeep said...

ahhh! i dont believe this ... but does it matter??? a gud dosa (or dozza ... be it masala/plain) is any day better than pizzzaaa

Anonymous said...

So, wheres that idli hiding?