27 March 2019
Nutritionists suggest going easy on rice dumplings over the Dragon Boat holiday. Photo: HKEJ
Nutritionists suggest going easy on rice dumplings over the Dragon Boat holiday. Photo: HKEJ

A dumpling on the lips, a burden on the hips

With just days to go until the Dragon Boat Festival, nutritionists are reminding the public not to overdose on calorie-packed rice dumplings, the festive pyramid-shaped sticky delights wrapped in leaves.

The reminders come as Ming Pao Daily reported Friday on the nutritional value of various dumplings sold at Taipan Bakery, Wing Wah, Kee Wah Bakery and Super Star Group restaurants.

The dumplings available at Wing Wah and Taipan had the highest energy content of the four brands, coming in at 311 kilo calories per 100 grams, according to the nutrition labels. That meant the Wing Wah dumpling, which tipped the scales at 338 grams, had more than 1,200 kilo calories, equivalent to the energy in five bowls of rice.

The Taipan dumpling also had the greatest concentration of fat, with 11.4 grams of fat for every 100 grams, translating to about six teaspoons of oil in a 276-gram dumpling, the report said.

The report cited nutritionist Priscilla Lau as saying that one Wing Wah dumpling has enough calories for two meals and she recommends people eat only half a dumpling at a sitting.

Another nutritionist, John Wong, said consumption of too many calories and too much fat could lead to obesity.

Wong said people with diabetes should eat a quarter of a dumpling at most and people with high cholesterol should avoid eating fatty meat and egg yolks.

Ming Pao also reported that dumpling prices have risen at cake shops, mainly due to higher food prices.

The report compared prices from the four brands above as well as the Saint Honore Cake Shop and Maxim’s Cakes. Kee Wah had the biggest increase, with prices going up up to 6 percent. 

The increases are mainly due to restrictions on salted duck egg imports from Vietnam and a fall in sticky rice imports from Thailand. It quoted an egg merchant association as saying that imported salted duck eggs are 15 percent more expensive than a year ago because they are in big demand on the mainland.

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