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Information on Falafel

Falafel is a fried patty which is usually made from favabeans or chickpeas and is commonly served in a specially prepared type ofbread. It originates from the Middle East, but it is popular everywhere aroundthe world. The reason why falafel is such a popular snack is because it comeswith a special type of bread called pita and it is spiced up with varioussauces such as Tahini. Falafel is also an excellent source of proteins andseveral other sorts of essential nutrients because it contains beans. Falafelis also sometimes wrapped in lafa and in most recipes it also enhanced byvarious types of pickled vegetables, salads and hot sauces. Most people enjoyfalafel as a snack but it can also be considered as a very healthy appetizer.Different countries usually have different recipes and different ways ofserving the falafel. So that is why the amount of calories and essentialnutrients in different servings of falafel may vary greatly. The pita bread ismade from steamed and puffed up dough and the fava beans usually get soakedwith soda bicarbonate. Usually they get ground with certain other importantingredients such as onion, sesame seeds, cumin, coriander and so on. Thefalafel balls then need to be deep fried before being served with pepper,carrots, pickled turnips, cabbage, onion, salt and coriander, sesame seeds,garlic, leeks, cumin, scallions, paprika and parsley.

Baked Falafel Nutrition Facts

A serving of 234 grams of baked falafel contains 376calories, of which the fat content contributes 126 calories. The same serving contains 14.1 grams of totalfat, 53 percent of vitamin B6, 1.9 grams of saturated fat, 6 percent of vitaminE, 4.1 grams of monounsaturated fat, 4 percent of iron, 7.1 grams ofpolyunsaturated fat, 15 percent of calcium, 543 milligrams of sodium, 24percent of vitamin C, 488 milligrams of potassium, 7 percent of vitamin A, 52.1grams of carbohydrates, 13 grams of proteins, 10.9 grams of dietary fiber and1.1 grams of sugar. It does not contain any cholesterol or trans fat. Ahomemade falafel patty weighing 17 grams contains 57 calories of which thereare 17 calories contributed by the fat content. The same falafel patty contains3 grams of total fat, 4 percent of magnesium, 18 grams of dietary fiber, 4percent of phosphorus, 50 milligrams of sodium, 4 percent of folate, 5 grams ofcarbohydrates, 2 percent of riboflavin, 2 grams of proteins, 2 percent ofthiamin, 1 percent of calcium, 2 percent of zinc, 3 percent of iron and 1percent of calcium. It does not contain any cholesterol or saturated fat.

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