Nutritional Facts of Medu Vada, South Indian Snack

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Medu Vada,  South Indian Snack

How many calories does one Medu Vada have?

One Medu Vada gives 73 calories. Out of which carbohydrates comprise 50 calories, proteins account for 20 calories and remaining calories come from fat which is 3 calories.  One Medu Vada provides about 4 percent of the total daily calorie requirement of a standard adult diet of 2,000 calories.

See Medu Vada recipe. Most South Indians consider breakfast incomplete without Medu Vada.they like to add a crispy, tasty and protein-rich urad dal vada to the platter. In fact, when you have breakfast in a South Indian restaurant, even in the remote villages, you will be fascinated to see the waiter reel out the list of breakfast combos, almost all of them featuring vada! Serving them fresh with sambhar and coconut chutney however is doubly delightful.

Is Medu Vada healthy? 

No, this is not healthy. Let's see why.

Let's understand the Ingredients.

What's good.

1. Urad Dal : 1 cup of cooked urad dal gives 69.30% of folic acid of your daily requirement of folate.  The folic acid in urad dal helps your body to produce and maintain new cells, especially red blood cells. Being rich in Phosphorus it works with Calcium to build our bones, high in fibre and good for heart, good for lowering cholesterol and good for diabetes. See here for 10 super benefits of urad dal

2. Coconut : The fresh coconut has saturated fats but most of it is MCT (Medium Chain Triglycerides) which promote weight loss. The high fibre content 13.6 gm (45.3% of RDA) along with high lauric acid content of coconut improves cholesterol levels in the body. Improving the action of insulin secretion and lowering the raised blood sugar levels is yet another benefit of coconut for Diabetics. See here for 10 amazing benefits of coconut.  

What's the problem?

Deep fried foods : This vada is deep fried. Any food that is deep fried is not suitable for healthy living. Your fat levels increase as deep frying increases oil absorption. Also when you use the same oil again for deep frying then smoking point decreases which leads to the development of blue smoke which is not good for health. It also increases inflammation in the body and shuts down the fat burning process.

Can diabetics, heart patients and over weight individuals have Medu Vada?

No, this recipe is not good for diabetics, heart and weight loss. This vada is deep fried. Any food that is deep fried is not suitable for healthy living. Your fat levels increase as deep frying increases oil absorption. Also when you use the same oil again for deep frying then smoking point decreases which leads to the development of blue smoke which is not good for health. So stay away from any deep fried food to live a healthy and happy life.

What are the healthier South Indian snack recipes?

Opt for nachni dosaquinoa dosaoats dosa,  4 Flour Dosa recipespinach dosa  or buckwheat dosa which has ZERO rice used. 

Nachni Dosa

Nachni Dosa

Serve it with a healthy sambar recipe or coconut chutney. Read which idlis and dosas are healthy?

Sambhar

Sambhar

Can healthy individuals have Medu Vada?

No. 

How to burn 73 calories that come from Medu Vada?

Walking (6 kmph) = 22 mins

Running (11 kmph) = 7 mins

Cycling (30 kmph) = 10 mins       

Swimming (2 kmph) = 13 mins

Note: These values are approximate and calorie burning differs in each individual.

Value per per medu vada% Daily Values
Energy73 cal4%
Protein5 g9%
Carbohydrates12.5 g4%
Fiber2.5 g10%
Fat0.3 g0%
Cholesterol0 mg0%
VITAMINS
Vitamin A8 mcg0%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)0.1 mg10%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)0.1 mg9%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)0.4 mg3%
Vitamin C0 mg0%
Vitamin E0 mg0%
Folic Acid (Vitamin B9)27.7 mcg14%
MINERALS
Calcium32.3 mg5%
Iron0.8 mg4%
Magnesium27.3 mg8%
Phosphorus80.8 mg13%
Sodium8.4 mg0%
Potassium168 mg4%
Zinc0.6 mg6%
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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