You Should Think Twice About Getting Gulab Jamun At An Indian Restaurant. Here's Why

Indian food can be a real treat for your tastebuds, especially if you're digging into delicious sweet treats such as gulab jamuns. According to Serious Eats, this dish can be best described as "fried balls of dough" that are accompanied by a sweet syrup with ingredients such as rose water, saffron, and cardamom, among others. It's a burst of delightful flavors in your mouth that will leave you craving more, particularly, if you have a sweet tooth and can't get enough of its unique flavors.

A Redditor called it "the holy grail of Indian sweets." Another commentator wrote, "The dough is actually made of flour and milk powder. It's then fried, and the balls are soaked in rose flavored sugar syrup. 100% the best dessert ever!" However, as yummy as it sounds, you may want to think twice before eating a couple of gulab jamuns because they're far from being healthy for you.

Gulab jamuns are loaded with calories

The problem with gulab jamuns is that you're unwittingly consuming a lot of calories without consciously realizing it. Another problem? You definitely won't be able to stop at one dough ball and will probably eat at least two or three of these sugar bombs. And that's a problematic thing if you're trying to safeguard your health. As per the Times of India, just two pieces of these sweet treats will cost you 300 calories and 15 grams of fat.

If you need a bit of perspective, look at it this way. This dessert is as bad for you as eating a serving of Glazed Doughnut Holes from Krispy Kreme, which are 210 calories and have 12 grams of fat. A better idea is to either skip gulab jamuns when you're dining at an Indian restaurant, or share the treat with someone else at the dinner table to keep you calorie count low.