Monday, February 4, 2008

4 Mandarin oranges = a plate of rice??!!

Yeah, it's true and I was a bit surprise with this discovery thanks to the news article below. Anyway, I thought I should share the info with you especially if you or any of your family members are diabetic or has high sugar level...

The Star Online :Nation
Sunday February 3, 2008

Titbits can leave you a tad fat, says nutritionist

PETALING JAYA: 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.
I hope I didn't spoil your CNY mood ;p But like the article said, just be mindful of what you eat and do use smaller plate and eat smaller portions... I just hope I can follow his advice ;p Otherwise it's diet time after CNY. As it is now, I've already put on weight as discovered when I stepped on the weighting scale last nite!! Actually hubby asked me to check my weight after weighting himself...He has put on weight too and I guess he was also hinting to me that I've put on weight too!! Ohhh nooooo....time to watch my diet again! I'm blaming it on my lack of discipline especially with the tidbits that I gulped down after every lunch :( Yeah...Aunty J has been naughty...time to put a stop on the chocs addiction!! But errrmmm...I'll start after CNY okay...hehehe...


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JO-N said...

Thanks for the info. Very useful!

Happy CNY to you and your family.

Nick Phillips said...

Darn, there goes my plans about pigging out on tidbits during my CNY holidays! LOL!

JPPmom said...

hi, just dropping by to say Gong Xi Fa Chai to you and to your family...will drop by again after my unfinished work settle..seem like I miss a lot oledy..happy holiday :-)

osindak said...

alamakkkk!! cam mana nie.. hehe thanks for the info AJ. makan 1, 2 ja lah nanti nie.. (o;

youPOS said...

gulp...i looooove my mandarin oranges...i eat them by the crateful!!!!!

Aunty J said...

Barb Michelen:

Glad the info is useful to you and Happy CNY to you and your loved ones too!! :)

Nick Phillips:
Hehehe...can still pig out ...only need to be mindful of the amount you gulp down hehehe...Happy CNY to you and family!! :)

Hello and Happy CNY to you and your family too!! Yeah, pl come back and looking forward to your entries again soon!! ;p

Iya ba ...sikit2 ja la kan hehehe...easier said then done coz I love mandarin oranges!! ;p

YouPost:'re worse that me hahaha...Happy CNY to you and family okay!! :)

Deana E said...

he he..look like this post is dedicated to me hahaha..happy holidays!! gong xi fa chai..ang pow le..?