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If egg tarts are one of your favourite foods, we’ve got bad news: It’s a nutritional bomb. One little 65g egg tart typically holds about 180 calories – that’s about 20 more calories than a fried chicken thigh. It also has an alarmingly high fat content: About 20 per cent of an egg tart (14g) is made of fat, which makes it 4g more fatty than a usual hamburger served at fast-food joints. What’s worse is that half of its total fat content is made of saturated fats. It’s the butter, lard and shortening – loaded with harmful trans fats – that’s typically used for making tart pastry that you have to watch out for,” says dietitian Jennifer Workman.
Fatty And High In Sugar
Not only is the egg tart fatty, it’s also high in sugar content. Each egg tart contains about 20g of sugar – about five teaspoons. “If you’re on a diet, it’s best to completely avoid sugary foods as they’re high GI (glycaemic index) – they cause your blood sugar levels to fluctuate, leaving you hungrier,” says David Levitsky, PhD, a professor of nutritional sciences at Cornell University in the US. Studies show that consuming too much sugar will raise blood lipid levels significantly, leading to high cholesterol and a significantly
greater risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
Not That Protein Rich
If you’re wondering whether the egg tart is a high-protein snack (a saving grace, maybe?), it’s not so good news, again. While its main ingredients is egg and milk or cream – foods that are high in protein – the egg tart only provides 4g of the muscle-building nutrient. While the egg tart is a tasty treat, it is one of the most nutritionally imbalanced foods – high in fat and sugar, and low in protein – we’ve seen.