Tips for purchasing pre-packaged festive food
When buying pre-packaged cakes and snacks, check expiry dates and make sure that the packages are intact. Nutrient content of food is affected by the ingredients and preparation methods used. Traditional festive cakes are not only usually rich in carbohydrates but also high in energy and fat. For popular items such as turnip cakes, some of them use Chinese preserved sausages and meats, thus containing more energy and fat. Also, there are some Chinese puddings made with coconut oil or lard, which is high in saturated fat. Melon seeds and nuts, which are commonly found in candy boxes, are high in fat. For the preserved or processed ones, such as soy sauce melon seeds and baked salted peanuts, they also have high sodium content and you should bear in mind. Therefore, consumers should make use of nutrition labels for comparing different products and choosing healthy festive cakes and snacks.
Tips for eating festive food
After purchasing festive cakes, you should go home quickly and store them in the fridge. Pay attention to expiry dates and cook them thoroughly before consumption. Stop eating those with abnormal smell or taste or mould and discard them . Do not keep nuts and melon seeds for a long time and never eat mouldy ones. During Chinese New Year, always maintain a balanced diet and adopt the “3 low” principle to avoid any foods high in fat, sugars or sodium. Before consuming the food, you can use the information on nutrition labels to calculate your nutrient intake and compare with the daily intake upper limits for control of food intake. The most important thing is to follow the healthy eating principle for enjoying a nutritious year ahead.