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Mooncakes for the health conscious during Mid-Autumn Festival
健康改良月餅 不怕吃出月餅臉

Mooncakes are shown in this photo taken in Pingtung County on Sept. 12.
這張照片是九月十二日攝於屏東縣的月餅。

Photo: Tsai Tsung-hsien, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者蔡宗憲

It is always difficult to get around eating a few mooncakes, or yuebing, during the Mid-Autumn Festival, but the crust and filling of traditional mooncakes are typically high in fat and sugar, making them potentially quite unhealthy. The Bureau of Health Promotion (BHP) under the Department of Health is promoting healthy improvements made to traditional mooncakes in hopes of providing people with healthy alternatives.

Chiou Shu-ti, Director-General of the BHP, suggests that people cut their mooncakes into smaller pieces and share them with family members and friends, eating them with fruit and sugarless hot tea. Chiou also says that people should eat less rice and noodles and exercise more if they are eating mooncakes. Taking a stroll to enjoy the moon is always a good choice, she says.

Local health bureaus across Taiwan have selected 16 different kinds of improved mooncakes, which they are recommending to the public. Among the mooncakes is a 50g “golden red treasure mooncake,” which only has 161 calories. The maker of the mooncake, Liu Jui-chi, says that he mostly uses local golden yams from Hualien County and roselle, or hibiscus flower, from Taitung County, giving the mooncakes the sweetness of yams and the mild sourness of the roselle, which makes for a healthy and refreshing treat indeed.

Shaddock cookies available from Douliou in Yunlin County each weigh 72g and have 216 calories, which is less than the 280 calories found in the average bowl of rice.

If you would like to know more about healthy mooncakes, you can visit the BHP’s Web page, “Improving Mooncakes and Enjoying the Moon with Ease” (https://obesityap.bhp.gov.tw/Festival/list.aspx?G=101%E4%B8%AD%E7%A7%8B).

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)

中秋佳節難免會應景吃月餅,但傳統月餅從餅皮到內餡,往往含有高油及高糖,易對身體造成相當大的負擔。衛生署國民健康局推動健康改良月餅,提供民眾不同的選擇。

國健局局長邱淑媞建議民眾可將月餅切小塊,與家人及朋友分享,搭配無糖熱茶及水果。若吃了月餅,要少吃正餐的飯、麵,還有多運動,散步賞月是不錯的選擇。

今年各縣市衛生局共推薦十六款改良月餅,其中重量五十公克的「黃金紅寶月餅」,一個熱量只有一百六十一大卡。業者劉瑞祺表示,其主要利用花蓮當地食材黃金蕃薯,加上台東最好的洛神花製作出來,既有蕃薯的甘甜,也有洛神花的微酸,健康又清爽。

一個「斗六文旦Q餅」的重量是七十二公克,熱量為兩百六十六大卡,但比一碗飯兩百八十卡的熱量低。

民眾若想了解健康月餅的訊息,可以到國健局「改良月餅,輕鬆賞月」的網頁查詢(網址是:https://obesityap.bhp.gov.tw/Festival/list.aspx?G=101%E4%B8%AD%E7%A7%8B)。

(自由時報記者魏怡嘉)

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