Sunday, February 3, 2008

gong xi gong xi gong xi ni a!


here's an interesting read about the very sinful chinese new year goodies that we gorge down when it comes to this time of the year!!! and bonus if you have family members who cook their specialties only once a year... oh my... my mouth is already watering! but my grandparents are getting old and we have been going out to eat instead, it is not too bad either, except that the atmosphere is different! anyway have a good read about this guys, and just be happy and eat away! hahhaha

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Here’s a sobering thought before the Chinese New Year: In terms of sugar content, eating four Mandarin oranges is equivalent to eating a plate of rice.

Even one orange has sugar content equivalent to a slice of bread, Prof Datuk Dr Khalid Abdul Kadir, consultant endocrinologist and professor of medicine at Monash University Malaysia, advises the public.

Orange alert: Experts warn that Mandarin oranges have high sugar content and should be eaten sparingly.

“It is easily absorbed and causes a huge spike in the glucose levels. So, be careful,” he warned diabetics.

Oranges aren’t the only problem for diabetics. Yee sang too, which is taken with a sweet syrup, should be eaten sparingly, he said.

“If you take too much, your blood glucose levels are going to be too high,” he said.
Individuals can gain an average of 2kg to 3kg by over-indulging in the two weeks of festivities.
Dr Tee E Siong, Nutrition Society of Malaysia president, has advised that it will be healthier to chomp on smaller portions of food instead.

The main problem, he said, is “gorging on the food”.
“It is difficult to lose the weight and the fat especially around the belly.
“And it can stay there until the next festival comes around,” he said in an interview.
Among the food that one should eat less are the fatty types such as the popular lap cheong, trotters, pork slices layered with fat or rich curries.
“Some pork dishes like trotters do not taste good without that layer of fat. So, eat less of it.
“When you are preparing the reunion dinner or serving your guests in the days after that, try having less fried food to cut down on the number of calories,” he said.
When it comes to alcohol, he points out that 100ml of beer typically contains four grams of alcohol, which translates into 14gm of sugar.
Another festive favourite that should be eaten sparingly is the nian gau (kuih bakul) because of its high carbohydrate content and it is also very sweet, Dr Tee said.
He said peanuts also have high fat content.
“There is no single ‘bad’ food. Rather it is a combination of it.
“Just be mindful of what you eat,” he said.
Among the tips from Dr Tee are using a smaller plate so that the usual portions will look bigger, have a little of everything during a buffet and stop eating before you feel full.
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dont be disheartened by the article above though hehehe... since it only comes once a year, what the heck! Just thought this article was pretty interesting :) well too much of anything is bad, everything in moderation is the best!
i will be going down with james and janice on the 7/2 to jb, will be coming back on the 9/2, just short trip cos we will be heading back to work on 11/2 anyway... oh what a life!
this is the rat year... i am very happy and blessed :)

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