Medical consequences of eating felafel

A study called Effect of a popular Middle Eastern food (Falafel) on rat liver is now available to the public. Focusing strictly on the medical consequences (for rats) of eating “chickpeas paste seasoned with garlic, parsley, and special spices, then deep fried in vegetable oil”, it’s a 10-page journey from delight to despair, and finally to indifference.

Sana Janakat and Mohammad Al-Khateeb of the Jordan University of Science and Technology in Irbid, Jordan, wrote the report. It somewhat enlivens the February 2011 issue of the journal Toxicological & Environmental Chemistry….

So begins this week’s Improbable Research column in The Guardian.