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Top 6 Chinese New Year Yummies!

Just a few days away, Chinese New Year will be celebrated around the world. Be prepared for lots of traditional delicacies, cookies and perennial favourites to be served. Especially in Asia, celebrations are HUGE – especially with food. Uncontrolled food intake will lead to unnecessary weight gain.

Here, we share some of the most-loved delicacies, what their nutritional value is and serving size.

Food Serving Size (weight), Calories, Sugar Content
Love Letters: A traditional treat that leaves you feeling addicted. Made from eggs, sugar, flour and water or coconut milk. High in sugar and fat content.   2 Pieces (26g)112 Calories : 9.9g of Sugar, 2.1g of Fat
Bak Kwa (Pork/Chicken Slices): Barbequed meat slices that are made of meat floss, honey, sugar and soya sauce over the fire. Highly addictive! Can cause sore throats or coughs if consume too much.   One Slice (57g)229 Calories : 24.5g of Sugar, 7.8g of Fat
Pineapple Tarts: Crumbly butter base and chewy pineapple jam-like fillings will fill every bite with ecstasy. Beware of over consuming! There’s ALOT of butter and sugar in there.

2 Pieces (40 gm)164 Calories : 12g of Sugar, 8g of Fat
Yee Sang (Prosperity Toss): Raw fish salad that usually consists of strips of raw fish (most commonly salmon), mixed with shredded vegetables and a variety of sauces and condiments, among other ingredients.

One Serving (387g)561 Calories: 15.5g of Sugar,  42.6g of Fat
Mandarin Oranges: High in vitamin C and fiber. Consuming too many oranges can cause heatiness. Remember to drink lots of water !   One Orange (116g) 51 Calories: 0.3g of Fat, 10.6g of Sugar
Peanuts: An addictive snack that usually ends up being over-consumed at one go. High in monosaturated fat. Options to replace peanuts: almonds, hazelnuts, cashewnuts.   A Handful (20g)113 Calories: 10g of Fat, 0.8g of Sugar

Source: Ms Lydia Tan, dietitian at the Adult Health Division, Health Promotion Board; Ms Charmaine Toh, dietitian at the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics of  Tan Tock Seng Hospital; Ms Jenny Ng, dietitian at Ren Ci Hospital and Medicare  Centre; Mrs Magdalin Cheong, chief dietitian of Dietetic & Food Services at Changi  General Hospital.



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