According to World Health Organisation, adults should limit their cholesterol intake to 300mg or below. One preserved duck egg contains 619mg cholesterol, which is almost 3 times more than chicken egg and twice the recommended intake. It also contains 40% more saturated fat than usual chicken egg. Eating too much cholesterol and saturated fats can clog up your arteries and block blood flow to the heart, and eventually causing heart disease and stroke.
You probably didn’t know about the possible relationship between food coloring and ADHD in children. According to 2007 research funded by the UK Food Standards Agency, artificial food colours are harmful to health and could increase risks of hyperactivity or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) in children. As pretty as they seem, food colorings are added to custard mooncakes and snowy mooncakes to give colourful and attractive appearance. Watch out food colourings “The Southampton Six”: E102, E104, E110, E129, E124, and E122. They may cause adverse impact on activity and attention in children.
Look for natural colours such as beet juice extract, turmeric powder, spinach juice, blueberries etc. Otherwise, natural food colorings from plant sources are better than synthetic colorings, you may also check out Curcumins (E100), Riboflavins (E101), Carotenes (E160a), Beet Red (E162) etc.
Balance is everything. If you consume extra fat and sugar from mooncakes, cut down on meat or refined grains in your meals! Add more vegetables to your diet as they are low in calories and rich in fiber, especially soluble fiber which slows down digestion of carbohydrates and helps prevent blood sugar spikes after eating mooncakes. Natural sweetness from fruits and vegetables can satisfy your sweet tooth. Try star fruits and taro! They have low sugar content and help add fiber to your diet. Other examples of non-vegetables that are high in soluble fiber include oats, black beans, nuts and seeds.
In case you don’t have a habit of drinking tea, start today! Teas such as green tea, black tea and oolong tea contain a considerable amount of polyphenols, which may hinder digestion of carbohydrates and lower blood sugar levels. Polyphenols are normally present in plants and bring loads of health benefits e.g. as strong antioxidant, treating digestion issues, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. According to recent studies, it is also suggested that tea polysaccharides may help suppress blood glucose surge after a sugary diet. Since mooncakes contain much sugar, we do not recommend eating fruits, drinking fruit juices or other sugary drinks after meal. Tea with no sugar added would be a good pair with mooncakes.