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Top 5 Malaysian Calorie-Dense Foods

We Malaysians are well known for our love of food and with the cultural diversity of our nation, the sheer variety and uniqueness of our cuisine is definitely one to be proud of. However, what delights the tastebuds may not always jive well with our health.

In an article published in The Star(January 2013), Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai reported that Malaysia is now the fattest country in ASEAN. According to statistics from the National Health and Morbidity Surveys, 15.1% of Malaysians aged 18 and above were suffering from obesity. It was also reported that over 2.6 million adults were obese while over 477,000 children below the age of 18 years were overweight in Malaysia. Now this is surely something we can’t be proud of.

With modern lifestyle becoming more sedentary and less physically demanding, it’s not too surprising that obesity is on the rise. Obesity increases the likelihood of various diseases, particularly heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, obstructive sleep apnea, and certain types of cancer. A healthy diet and frequent exercise play the biggest roles in dealing with obesity.

Here, we’ve put together a list of the top 5 highest calorie Malaysian Cuisines. As delicious as they are, they should be taken in moderation:

 

  Char Kuey Teow

A popular Chinese hawker food of stir fried flat rice noodles with dark soy sauce, prawns bean sprouts and chives. It’s the high saturated fat content which a 385g serving which makes this dish unhealthy and brings its calorie count to 743.
  Mee Goreng Mamak Yellow noodles fried along with chilli, eggs, onions, beancurd, prawn, chicken and other garnishing, one serving can pack up to 660 calories.
  Nasi Lemak    The most traditional of Malay dishes and a must-try for tourist, coconut milk rice served with groundnuts, egg, cucumber, anchovies and sambal. A typical serving can contain up to 600 calories.A healthier option to enjoy this delight is to have nasi lemak prepared with palm milk instead of coconut milk. It is lower in cholesterol and trans-fatty acids.
  Curry Laksa The culprit here is the spicy curry soup containing coconut milk and sambal, served with dried tofu and bean sprouts along with yellow egg noodles or thin mee-hoon. One serving contains approximately 500 calories.
  Roti Canai   One of Malaysia’s favourite Indian foods, a circular flatbread grilled in oil. 1 piece of roti canai has about 300 calories but usually consumed with dhal, curry or sambal, what may seem like a light snack now packs up close to 400 calories.Try ordering chapatti instead as a healthier alternative as it has about a third of the calories compared to roti canai. 

 

So, there you have it! Let’s choose our food for our body wisely. When you have the right “fuel”, your “engine” (body) will run smoothly!

Sources:

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/obe/causes.html http://www.who.int/topics/obesity/en/ http://www.phhp.com.my/tbe/health_care/calorie-chart.html

http://cekodok.com/calorie/ http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2013/1/18/nation/12591415&sec=nation

 

 

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