Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Mooncakes: Three Tips From the Experts

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By Joan Chew, Healthxchange, Thursday, 12 September 2013
Source: Mind Your Body; The Straits Times  © Singapore Press Holdings Limited


Mooncakes with salted egg yolks
PHOTO: Mooncakes with salted egg yolks are higher in fat and cholesterol than those without. So, when buying a box of mooncakes, mix and match those with and without yolks. This way, you get variety and also less fat and cholesterol.
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1. VARY YOUR MOONCAKES
Mooncakes with salted egg yolks are higher in fat and cholesterol than those without. A quarter slice of mooncake with double yolks contains an average of 120mg of cholesterol, which makes up about 40 per cent of a person’s daily cholesterol limit. So, when buying a box of mooncakes, mix and match those with and without yolks. This way, you get variety and also less fat and cholesterol.


A quarter slice of mooncake with double yolks contains an average of 120mg of cholesterol, which makes up about 40 per cent of a person’s daily cholesterol limit.
PHOTO: A quarter slice of mooncake with double yolks contains an average of 120mg of cholesterol, which makes up about 40 per cent of a person’s daily cholesterol limit.
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Snowskin mooncakes look light, but are not necessarily healthier than baked ones. Depending on how much icing sugar is used to make the skin, they may contain more sugar. Avoid those made with vegetable shortening. While it lengthens the shelf life and improves the texture, it contains trans fat. This form of fat raises the level of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol or “bad” cholesterol in the blood and lowers the level of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, or “good” cholesterol. “Bad” cholesterol increases the risk of heart disease, while “good” cholesterol decreases it. Snowskin mooncakes that contain fruit have slightly more fibre than those without. But they are still made of oil, sugar and flour, bringing their calorie count to a similar level.



Snowskin mooncakes
PHOTO: Snowskin mooncakes look light, but are not necessarily healthier than baked ones.
Depending on how much icing sugar is used to make the skin, they may contain more sugar. Snowskin mooncakes that contain fruit have slightly more fibre than those without. But they are still made of oil, sugar and flour, bringing their calorie count to a similar level.
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Flaky mooncakes, such as the Shanghai mooncakes, require two types of dough - plain dough and oily dough - in alternate layers. This means that flaky mooncakes contain more fat than the baked or snowskin varieties. So choose the baked or snowskin mooncakes more often than the flaky-pastry varieties. Opt for low-sugar and no-sugar mooncakes as they contain fewer calories than regular mooncakes and do not raise blood sugar levels as rapidly.



Flaky mooncakes
PHOTO: Flaky mooncakes, such as the Shanghai mooncakes, require two types of dough - plain dough and oily dough - in alternate layers. This means that flaky mooncakes contain more fat than the baked or snowskin varieties.
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To check the calorie counts of various types of mooncakes, download the health app by the Health Promotion Board called the Interactive Diet and Activity Tracker (iDAT, is decomissioned, download Healthy 365 instead, http://www.healthhub.sg/apps/25/healthy365. Available for iOS and Android devices only).



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2. LIMIT YOUR INTAKE
Have a quarter of a mooncake every other day. Do not eat it every day, which will encourage the habit of snacking. Relish your treat by eating it slowly. In a week, do not have more than one regular-sized mooncake in total.


LIMIT YOUR INTAKE
PHOTO: LIMIT YOUR INTAKE
Have a quarter of a mooncake every other day. Do not eat it every day, which will encourage the habit of snacking.
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3. MAKE YOUR OWN MOONCAKES
The basic ingredients for mooncakes are lard, oil, flour and sugar. Replace lard with peanut or canola oil to reduce the amount of saturated fat, which is converted into “bad” cholesterol after being eaten. Use less sugar or a low-calorie sweetener such as sorbitol. Make healthier filling from mashed sweet potatoes mixed with dried fruits, and baked and unsalted nuts and seeds. Nuts and seeds are high in fibre, vitamins, minerals and unsaturated fat, which becomes “good” cholesterol.


Baked Mooncake with Macadamia Nuts (Australian walnuts) & Low Sugar
PHOTO: The basic ingredients for mooncakes are lard, oil, flour and sugar. Replace lard with peanut or canola oil to reduce the amount of saturated fat. Use less sugar or a low-calorie sweetener such as sorbitol. Make healthier filling from mashed sweet potatoes mixed with dried fruits, and baked and unsalted nuts and seeds. Nuts and seeds are high in fibre, vitamins, minerals and unsaturated fat, which becomes “good” cholesterol.
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Source: Ms Denise Tan, nutritionist at the Centre of Excellence (Nutrition) at the Health Promotion Board; Ms Jaclyn Reutens, clinical dietitian at Aptima Nutrition and Sports Consultants; and Mr Derrick Ong, dietitian at Eat Right Nutrition Consultancy



HPB’s five main health pillars of Healthy Lifestyle: get active, eat smart, get appropriate screening tests, think positive and quit smoking.
PHOTO: HPB’s five main health pillars of Healthy Lifestyle: get active, eat smart, get appropriate screening tests, think positive and quit smoking.
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By Joan Chew, Healthxchange, Thursday, 12 September 2013
Source: Mind Your Body; The Straits Times  © Singapore Press Holdings Limited



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