How Healthy is Eggplant Parmesan?

How Healthy is Eggplant Parmesan?

Eggplants are healthy, but how healthy is eggplant parmesan? Read on for what you should consider about eggplant parmesan.

Did you know that an eggplant, like a tomato, is technically a fruit? While an eggplant doesn’t have the sweetest taste, like other fruits like pineapples or grapes, eggplants develop from a flowering plant and contain seeds.

Did you also know that eggplants have many health benefits? According to Medical News Today, the eggplant, or aubergine, can do the following

  • Provides at least 5% of a person’s daily requirement of fiber, copper, manganese, B-6, and thiamine
  • Supports heart health
  • They might benefit cholesterol levels
  • Contain polyphenols which might help protect the body from cancer
  • Help with weight management and eye health 

It’s no secret that increasing your daily intake of vegetables and fruit can help you lead a healthier lifestyle. One typical dish that people prepare with eggplants is eggplant parmesan. It’s clear that eggplants are healthy, but how healthy is eggplant parmesan? Here is what you should consider about eggplant parmesan. 

Eggplant Parmesan Includes Breaded and Fried Eggplant Slices

Eggplants are healthy, but fried food isn’t. Usually, people bread and fry eggplant slices when they cook eggplant parmesan, taking away from the meal’s nutritional value. People also nestle eggplant slices in a bed of tomato sauce, cover them with cheese, and serve them alongside pasta such as spaghetti. This meal is delicious comfort food found at many Italian restaurants. 

Why People Swap Out Chicken for Eggplant

Eggplants are great for your health and tasty. Also, they’re perfect if you want to cut back on your meat consumption or become a vegetarian. However, there is a caveat. Many people swap out chicken for eggplant in this recipe because chicken contains fat and can be higher in calories than eggplants. When people cook eggplant parmesan, they often load the delicious dish with oil. Eggplants are porous and soak up oil like a sponge while you fry them, which can lead to a very high fat and calorie content. 

How to Make Eggplant Parmesan Healthier 

The best way to make eggplant parmesan healthier is to boil it instead of frying it. Another health tip includes swapping out the spaghetti for zucchini noodles, filling up half your plate with a salad, and watching your portions. 

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