08 Aug '11, 8am

Is your vegetarian meal all that healthy? Vegetarian roast duck has more fat than real duck! Know what to look out for.

Is your vegetarian meal all that healthy? Vegetarian roast duck has more fat than real duck! Know what to look out for.

As angelic as a meal at a vegetarian restaurant might seem, you might not be taking in healthier grub. That’s because many kinds of these meatless options are either covered in oily batter or drenched in thick sauces. Even deep-fried vegetables can be disastrous to your waistline, so avoid them, says nutritionist Sheeba Majmudar. Before ordering a dish with sauce, know what goes into the concoction, she advises. “Seaweed sauce-based dishes are generally acceptable.” Stay away from the cornflour-thickened varieties. Faux Flesh Those dishes of vegetarian meat can masquerade as the real deal convincingly well, but they can be “shockingly high in fats and sodium”, says Majmudar. Just compare an equal portion of vegetarian roast duck to real duck – according to the Health Promotion Board, the former contains up to 100 more calories, 12g more fat and 555mg more sodium! “There is...

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