With recent popularity of eating steamboat in winter season, many people have steamboat more frequent as usual. However there is also some health conscious and healthy diet practicer and analyst complain on consuming steamboat is not healthy, potential in having high cholesterol, overheat, and even as worst as contributing cancerous element to our body. Actually there is no bad natural foods, only wrong eating methods. Here listed out the top 5 most common wrong perceptions about eating steamboat and share the right way of consuming this delicious healthy steamboat cooking.
Wrong Perception 1: Mutton and Beef has too high fat quantity level, whereas fish balls and meat balls has lower fat. The selection of ingredients of steamboat will directly impact the fatty and heat level we consume. In reality, processed fish balls, meat balls, prawn dumplings and others has more fat, high salt level, bad meat quality, at some extend the balls are blended with a lot of starch rather than the actual meat, so it really contains not much nutrition and vitamins.
Suggestion: Select skinny meat, low fat seafood, more vegetables or replace meat with bean curd to fill up the protein needed.
Wrong Perception 2: Green vegetables – more is better. All of us understood that eating more vegetables is good, so in steamboat we add lot of vegetables, soak them in until it is well done. But particularly in steamboat, green vegetables with big leaves is subjected in easier to absorb more oil from the soup, mushrooms also has the same function, hence it makes the green healthy vegetables to a high fatty and oily vegetables, no longer healthy.
Suggestion: Instead of choosing big leave green vegetables, why not select those stem type vegetables like seaweed, lotus, carrot, radish, potato, and yam. Since these type of vegetables will not absorb so much oil element in the soup, more over the high fiber in these vegetables can help to remove the oil that park inside our stomach.
Wrong Perception 3: The calorie level between different sauces are the same. Most of the time we neglected the sauces also contributed high calories into our diet, as usually we will consume a lot of sauces for better taste and flavor. Example the frequent use sauce like garlic oil sauce, sesame sauce, chilies sauce and other sauces will have easily 100 calories in 1 big tablespoon.
Suggestion: Replace these above high calories sauces with fresh cut chillies, spring onion, white pepper into soy sauce, which will reduces at least half of the calories in the sauces. You can add in 2 teaspoon of vinegar to help in dissolving fatty oil in the foods.
Wrong Perception 4: Finishing up steamboat meal with desserts or main dish (noddles, rice, etc). Usually a lot of us will finish up the steamboat with some main dish like fried rice or noodles and some sweets. Actually this is not right as we might over consume with excessive calories.
Suggestion: The right way is to consume only 60-70 percent fullness, if you want to have desserts or main dishes. If you have taken too much starch base foods, just avoid main dishes and drink some teas to help in digestion.
Wrong Perception 5: Slowly enjoy eating steamboat for hours while chit chat along. Even we understood the benefit of eating slowly, but it does not apply in eating steamboat, since the steamboat soup base once it is cooked for more than 90 minutes, the nitrite level in the soup will increase and consuming more nitrite is not good.
Suggestion: Control your steamboat eating session around one and half hours, no longer than this duration.
Hope you find this practical and useful to you all.
Healthy Diet & Happy Live.