Despite their different types and tastes, all mooncakes share a similarity – they generally contain high calories, carbohydrates and fats. There is also hardly any fibre, protein or vitamins in them, which are important components of a balanced diet.
But that doesn't mean you should avoid mooncakes all together. Dietitan Javier Won from
Sengkang Community Hospital (SKCH) shares healthy ways to enjoy mooncakes - so you can have your cake and eat it too, as the saying goes.
“It is advisable to have mooncakes as an occasional treat instead of taking them as a main meal, especially for people with
diabetes,” advised Dietitian Javier Won from SKCH. SKCH is managed by
SingHealth Community Hospitals, a member of the
“Even with low-sugar options, you should practise moderation when indulging in mooncakes,” he added.
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Tips to enjoy mooncakes sensibly
1. Share it as a dessert
A good rule of thumb is to practise portion control. Try to limit yourself to one-eighth of an average-sized mooncake and share the rest with those around you. Don’t eat on an empty stomach as this may lead to overeating. Try having the mooncake as a dessert after a healthy balanced meal instead.
2. Reduce your carbohydrates intake
If you plan to eat a piece of mooncake as a sweet treat after your meal, try cutting down a quarter of rice or noodle from your bowl. This will prevent you from consuming excess carbohydrates and prevents a hike in blood sugar levels for those with diabetes.
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3. Compare and choose wisely
Snow skin mooncakes generally contain less calories compared to the traditional ones. However, this may not be the case, depending on the fillings; an average-sized durian snow skin mooncake can contain up to 900kcal of calories. Compare the nutritional values and ingredient list before purchasing your mooncake and go for healthier options like the low-sugar or low-fat ones.
4. Have mooncakes with non-sweetened drinks
Mooncakes are already packed with sugar. Quench your thirst with drinks such as traditional Chinese tea or non-sweetened green tea. Tea not only contains antioxidants but is a fragrant and perfect pairing for this sweet treat.
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