Did you know that in order to burn the calories from an Indian food, you need to exercise for 271 minutes? And that's only for men. Women need to exercise 335 minutes to burn the same amount of calories.
In an investigation done by UK's Which? magazine, Indian takeway curry has scored worst on saturated fat - compared to pizza or Chinese takeout meal. The Indian meal had 23.2 grams (0.82 ounce) of saturated fat, 3.2 grams (0.11 ounce) more than what a woman should eat in a day. Overall, Indian food contained 1338 calories. Chinese food contained 1436 calories and a thin crust pepperoni pizza contained 929 calories.
Also, according to the report, one Chinese takeout meal had 19 teapoons (3.39 ounces) of sugar per portion, three times more compared to an Indian meal.
The magazine tested chicken tikka masala, pilau rice and a plain naan, which according to the magazine is one of the most popular meals in the UK.
This is the original link to the report (currently not working because they are redesigning their website).
On average, the takeaways had more calories a portion than the supermarket versions, but less salt (especially the naan and pilau rice).
Naan bread contained more calories, weight for weight, than chicken tikka masala.
Pilau rice had a similar number of calories weight for weight as the chicken tikka masala.
You might think bread and rice are healthier than the masala, but the problem is how they’re cooked. Pilau rice is fried and naan has a thick layer of butter on it. Half the takeaway meals had more saturated fat per Which? portion (pictured above) than a woman should eat in a day.
None of these stood out as significantly healthier or less healthy than the others.
For example, Asda’s meal had the most saturated fat and sugar.
Waitrose’s pilau rice contained more than five time the fat of the Tesco version (which had the least), and M&S's chicken tikka masala had more salt than other supermarket versions.
Also, here are Which?'s tips on eating healthy Indian takeouts:
Avoid deep-fried dishes, such as battered food, prawn toast, samosas and spring rolls.
Choose tandoori, steamed and stir-fried dishes.
Go for curries with tomato and onion-based sauces, such as jalfrezi, instead of creamy sauces, such as kormas.
Choose boiled or steamed rice over pilau or egg-fried rice.
Choose a chapatti instead of naan bread. Include side dishes of vegetables and/or dhal (lentils).
Go easy on the free extras, such as prawn crackers, poppadoms and sauces.
Anyone know how this compares to Indian meals in the US? Please post your thoughts below.