The Mediterranean Diet’s Most Popular Dish
Falafel: A Healthy Mediterranean Alternative
Falafel is one of the most traditional and historic foods when it comes to Mediterranean cuisine. Falafel is prepared as either a patty or ball made up of ground fava beans and chickpeas mixed with garlic, parsley and other spices. Falafel is easily recognizable, as it is almost always served wrapped in pita bread and topped with delicious Mediterranean salad. Due to the ingredients that go into falafel, it is an extremely healthy alternative to many comfort foods. Falafel made from chickpeas is quite high in protein, which provides your body with much needed amino acids. This can also aide in the growth, and preservation of muscles because protein is essential in muscular development. Not only is falafel high in protein, it is very low in fat content as well. Due to the fact that falafel is made up of vegetables and spices it’s saturated fat content is essentially zero. This is great news for those who are trying to watch their waistline, as falafel can be a great and delicious way to easily reduce unhealthy fat intake.
Many health and nutrition experts rave about the benefits of switching to a healthy Mediterranean diet. They have shown that on top of the plant based protein provided by falafel, we also gain a healthy portion of fiber necessary for digestion. Dr. Peter Zahradka, principal investigator in molecular physiology at the Canadian Centre for Agri-food Research in Health and Medicine at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnepeg, states that “As a result, falafel can improve bowel function and decrease the absorbance of both cholesterol and simple sugars.” Many other experts argue in favor of a Mediterranean diet as well, stating that increasing our intake of fiber rich foods, such as falafel, could “lower blood lipid levels”—i.e. cholesterol—“reducing your risk of heart disease and also lowering your risk of colon cancer.”
Here at Choice St. Louis we pride ourselves in providing our customers with delicious and healthy Mediterranean meals that are always made fresh. We hope to always be your number one choice when it comes to delicious and healthy Mediterranean eating in Clayton, whether it be a midday snack or a fully catered event. Come in and try our healthy, homemade, delicious falafel and see what all the hype is about!