Chinese New Year 2014

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For more healthy eating advice please visit my website http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/

For more healthy eating advice please visit my website http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/

imagesToday is the start of the Chinese New Year, which marks the beginning of the Year of the Horse.

To celebrate why not cook a healthy Chinese meal.  Try my low calorie veggie Singapore noodles, it will be much healthier than anything you can order from a takeaway.

Many of the foods you order from the takeaway contain a lot of fat and salt.  For instance a Chinese sweet and sour chicken, egg fried rice and vegetable spring rolls could contain a massive 1,436 calories and 60g of fat!  That’s almost ¾ of the calories and 87% of the fat an average woman should have in a whole day.  Some Chinese takeaways can also contain high amounts of sugar up to 19 teaspoons

But why should you worry about the amounts of fat, salt and sugar in your takeaways?

imagesSalt has been linked to high blood pressure, which can result in heart disease and strokes.

Eating sugar causes your blood sugar levels to spike quickly, leading to increased insulin production. Higher insulin levels can inhibit the production of growth hormones and weaken your immune system. High insulin levels also contribute to weight gain, and, over time, the stress on your body can lead to diabetes.

Eating a diet high in saturated fat can cause the level of cholesterol in your blood to build up over time. Raised cholesterol increases your risk of heart disease.

If you decide to have a takeaway rather than a healthy home cooked meal then consider making just one simple change

imagesChoose boiled rather than egg fried rice – a standard carton of egg fried rice contains 625 calories and 32g of fat while boiled has just 370 calories and 1g of fat.

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