At Bartleby’s, we like to say that “being bad feels so good.” Eating fried foods is a little naughty, but our plant-based seitan sandwiches and nuggets are a healthier alternative to traditional meat versions. Earlier in this series, we presented the basics about seitan and talked about flavor versatility. Today, we’ll take a look at how seitan stacks up nutritionally.
Vitamins & Nutrients
Vital wheat gluten (VWG) is low in fat, low in carbohydrates, and high in protein. On its own, VWG contains no sugar, no saturated fats, and no cholesterol. It contains significant amounts of iron, calcium, and potassium [source: USDA Food Composition Databases]. It also contains more than the RDA of eight of the nine essential amino acids, which are the basic building blocks for our organs and tissues. The only amino acid that presents in a lower amount is lysine, which is easily found in other common foods (like the tomatoes on our sandwiches and in our salads) [source: VegFAQs].
Our Signature Southern-Fried Technique
Foods that are fried correctly are not greasy. We keep our frying oil between 325 and 375 degrees Fahrenheit at all times. At this temperature, our patties and nuggets fry quickly to that delectable crispy and crunchy texture, without absorbing excess oil (excess oil = excess fat).
Bartleby’s uses a highly refined peanut oil for frying. The protein allergen in peanuts is removed during the process of creating and refining the oil, so devils with a peanut allergy don’t need to worry about consuming our foods [source: Peanut Institute]. Compared to frying options like lard, shortening, or other oils, peanut oil is low in saturated fats.
The battering and frying of our seitan patties adds the naughty bits: some carbohydrates and some fats. We use ReciPal to calculate the nutrition facts. These figures represent the nutrition for one battered and fried seitan patty, or five battered and fried nuggets.
We love fried foods. We love to indulge the little devil inside of us, and are wicked happy knowing we’re still getting substantial amounts of protein (a whole third of your Recommended Dietary Allowance!), calcium, and heaps of iron in the process. And we’re glad that you love it, too.