Not just calories, gujiyas may also be harmful to your health in other ways. They are made of refined flour and deep-fried in refined oil, and that description says anything but ‘healthy’ about them.
New Delhi: Holi is here and has got everyone excited – and there is definitely a reason for it. A festival of colours celebrated with a lot of fun, colours, pranks, food and drinks, who would not be happy and excited when it finally arrives! However, apart from your skin and hair that may be harmed due to the chemicals in the colours, your weight loss and health plans are also under danger. Though you completely enjoy the taste and flavour of the delicious gujiyas, do you know how many calories they contain?
Not just calories, gujiyas may also be harmful to your health in other ways. They are made of refined flour and deep-fried in refined oil, and that description says anything but ‘healthy’ about them. However, it may be too soon to assume that they are absolutely unhealthy – we don’t judge a book by its cover, right? Here is all the information about Gujiyas – their calories and nutrition to help you decide if you should or should not eat them this Holi season, or not.
An average man needs around 2500 kcal in a day to maintain his weight. An average woman, on the other hand, needs 2000 kcal. If you are planning to binge on Gujiyas this Holi, (which is justified considering the festival comes only once a year,) you must know how many of these calories are being fulfilled by the gujiyas. An average serving of gujiya of 100 gm contains about 270 calories.
The nutrition content in 100 gm of Gujiya is – 18.5g of fat, 27g of carbohydrates, and 2.25g of protein. If we see it percentage wise, 59% of the gujiya is fat, 38% carbs, and only 3% protein.
If you are on a weight loss diet that requires you to limit your carbs, binging on gujiyas may not be the right thing to do. Also, the very low content of protein in gujiyas also makes them unfit for a weight loss diet, as protein is a very important nutrient for weight loss. Apart from this, gujiyas do not contain any important minerals or vitamins that you will miss out on if you do not eat them this Holi.
You can make your gujiyas healthy by making a few variations. Gujiyas made with coconut as a filling, or baking your gujiyasinstead of frying them may be one of the ways to make them healthier and more fit for your diet. You can also make smaller gujiyas, to make sure you eat less of them. Drizzling honey over your gujiyas instead of sugar syrup is also a healthy choice you can make this Holi.
However, it is not like eating one or two gujiyas will sabotage your weight loss efforts. Do not obsess over the calorie scale and do remember to enjoy your festival. Also, remember to keep your portions limited and eat other delicacies of the festival also – some of them are actually healthy.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.