Eating Samosas over Burgers is healthier according to research

The report also suggests eating Poha instead of noodles and fresh juice instead of canned juice

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Vada pav, samosa, burgers are something most of us binge on despite knowing that it is unhealthy. But, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has come forward to lessen our guilt to some extent. According to a CSE report, samosa is healthier than a burger as it is made using fresh ingredients and is free of additives, preservatives, and flavourants. The report was released on Monday.

The report read that even though a samosa is filled with calories, it is made of chemical-free ingredients such as refined flour, cumin, boiled potatoes, peas, salt, chilies, spices, vegetable oil or ghee. While on the other hand, a burger has preservatives, acidity regulator, emulsifier, improver and antioxidant along with refined wheat flour, sugar, wheat gluten, edible vegetable oil, yeast, salt, soya flour, sesame seed, vegetables, mayonnaise, cheese or potato patty.

The report suggested replacing noodles with poha which is made with natural ingredients and canned juice with fresh juices that are a mix of fruit and water. One should avoid canned juices as it has thickeners, humectants, permitted synthetic food colours and added flavours in it.

CSE conducted a ‘Know Your Diet’ survey between September 2016 and March 2017 of over 13,000 schoolchildren (9-17 years), primarily from 15 states and it was concluded that the lot of them consumed High in Fat Salt and Sugar (HFSS) packaged food and beverages which eventually increases with age.

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