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24 Waffle Nutrition Facts: Are They Really Good For You?

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A waffle is a kind of pancake made from flour, water, baking powder, oil, and eggs; but how many nutrients does a waffle have?

Waffles can be made with a waffle iron that contains hot metal plates; these iron plates give different sizes and shapes to the waffle. They can also be made fresh or sold frozen. There are various types of waffles including Galettes, Stroopwafel, Gofri, Scandinavian, Kue gapit, croffle, pandan, Belgian, American, and many others. The best time to eat waffles is for breakfast or brunch. Waffles initially originated from France and Belgium. The word 'waffle' was derived from the Dutch word ‘wafel’. In American waffles, baking powder is used to leaven the waffles. In Belgium and France, however, the waffles are leavened using yeast. Waffles are most commonly eaten for breakfast. Many people like to top their waffles with maple syrup, butter, chocolate chips, apple butter, honey, jam, peanut butter, chocolate spread, whipped cream, powdered sugar, or fruit (bananas, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, and others).

Waffles have even been mentioned in poems dating back to the 12th century, and even earlier. In the early days, waffles were sold at fairs and religious festivals as street food. A waffle contains nutrients such as calories, protein, carbs, sugar, total fat, dietary fiber, sodium, folic acid, calcium, potassium, vitamin C, thiamine, cholesterol, riboflavin, niacin, saturated fats, and more.

Are waffles part of your diet during the week? Then, read on to learn more about the nutrient profile of waffles, and how they are prepared.

Ingredients For Making Waffles

Waffles are extremely popular in America, Belgium, and France, and are usually eaten for breakfast. They are sold freshly in cafes and restaurants or sold frozen and come in various sizes and shapes.

  • Waffles can be topped with different toppings such as fruit, syrup, butter, honey, and more.
  • They also contain a high number of calories, sugar, cholesterol, sodium, and total fat.
  • Here are some of the types of waffles sold all around the world: Chocolate waffles, eggless waffles, Brussels waffles, Belgium waffles, American waffles, toaster waffles, Hong Kong Egg waffles, liege waffles, pizzelle, waffle cones, savory waffles, malted waffles, potato waffles, Stroopwafel, waffle pies, Flemish waffles, and Bergische waffles.
  • Waffles can be prepared any day of the week using the following basic ingredients: all-purpose flour or white flour, salt, baking powder, white sugar, eggs, warm milk, butter, vanilla syrup, and corn starch.

The Nutritional Value Of Waffles

According to general nutrition advice, waffles can help you gain weight. The food contributes to the daily values of calories, sugar, cholesterol, and fats needed for your daily intake.

  • The nutrition facts of waffles will depend on their ingredients, or the website from where you pick a recipe.
  • The nutrition facts of a Belgian waffle typically have approximately 590 calories, 1.02 oz (29 g) of total fat, and 0.6 oz (17 g) of sugar per serving.
  • An Eggo waffle with syrup contains 180 calories, while a plain homemade waffle contains 0.32 oz (9.3 g) of carbs.
  • Waffles have a high level of carbs and low protein content. These carbs do not take a lot of time to digest. After a while, you may feel hungry again and may want to eat after only a few hours.
  • Since waffles also come with various sugary toppings like maple syrup, honey, chocolate spread, and others, they can also serve as a dessert.
  • High sugar content in each serving also helps with weight gain.
  • Waffles have a high level of fat, including saturated fat. The total content of fats and calories will also help you gain weight.
fresh fruits on top of your waffles

Ways To Enhance Your Waffles

You can boost the taste of your waffles by:

  • Cutting and adding fresh fruits on top of your waffles.
  • Adding a chocolate spread to your serving.
  • Topping your warm waffles with ice cream of any flavor.
  • Adding maple syrup.
  • Adding butter to your waffle serving.
  • Adding chocolate ice cream and chocolate chips.
  • Adding bananas or strawberries along with chocolate syrup.
  • Adding a jam spread to your waffle serving.
  • Making a sandwich waffle with different flavors.
  • Adding whipped cream along with fruits, nuts, or chocolate sauce on top of your waffle.

The Drawbacks Of Overconsumption

Anything in excess is not good. An overconsumption of waffles can cause great harm to your health. It can lead to both short-term and long-term health conditions.

  • The daily value (DV) tells that a standard portion-sized waffle has 218 calories, 0.102 oz (2.9 g) of saturated fat, 0.88 oz (24.7 g) of net carbs, 0.47 oz (13.5 g) sugar, 0.2 oz (5.9 g) of protein, 0.02 oz (0.8 g) of dietary fiber, 0.37 oz (10.6 g) of fats, 0.01 oz (383 mg) of sodium, 0.006 oz (191 mg) of calcium, 0.004 oz (119 mg) of potassium, 0.006 oz (174 mg) of vitamins, 10.8 calories from fat, niacin, vitamin C, iron and more per serving.
  • The standard serving size of a waffle with syrup has 460 calories, while a frozen waffle has 150 calories. Two waffles may have 463 calories. Waffles do not have vitamin D, and possess a very small amount of vitamin C, as well as potassium, calcium, protein, and more.
  • According to data from various websites, many people include a serving of waffles in their daily diet.
  • Waffles are prepared using white flour, which is a refined grain. White flour does not have any fiber content or protein, and also contains synthetic vitamins. The nutrition level of white flour is extremely low.
  • White flour can lead to heart diseases and diabetes. Each waffle serving contains a high content of sugar and saturated fats that are unhealthy, especially when consumed every day.
  • Excess sugar portions in your diet can lead to sleepiness.
  • The short-term side effects of overconsumption of waffles are high blood sugar, a high insulin level, fat storage, bloating, and increased hunger.
  • The long-term effects of overconsumption of waffles include heart problems, obesity, inflammation, and diabetes type II.
  • Consuming too much white flour in your diet can cause issues in the digestive system, even if the waffle portion sizes are small.
  • You can also get food poisoning from various ingredients contained in waffles.
  • Another disadvantage of overconsumption is that you can suffer from nausea and diarrhea.
  • Overconsumption of waffles can contribute to unwanted weight gain.
Hemant Oswal
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<p>With global experience in marketing and business development, Hemant is a seasoned professional with a unique perspective. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from the University of Delhi and a Master's degree in Marketing from The University of Adelaide in Australia. Hemant's work in China, Hong Kong, and Dubai has honed his skills and provided valuable experience. He broadens his understanding of the world through reading non-fiction books and watching documentaries.</p>

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