The Consumer Council of Hong Kong has cautioned consumers against having too much of the traditional delicacies during the Lunar New Year holiday, citing their high sugar and fat content.
At least 13 samples of puddings being sold in local stores were found to contain sugar beyond the daily intake limit set by the World Health Organization, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Tuesday.
One of the samples, made by Saint Honore Cake Shop, was found to have a sugar level equivalent to 10 sugar cubes, the report said.
Saint Honore explained that the sugar content on the cake was incorrectly stated on the label as 43.2 grams per 100-gram intake, when it is actually only 23.2 grams. The WHO places the daily intake limit for sugar at 25 grams per 100-gram intake.
A sample of sesame cookie made by Tai Pan Bakery was found to have 47.4 grams of total fat for every 100-gram intake, or three tablespoons of oil for 18 pieces of the cookie.
That level is equivalent to 75 percent of the WHO daily limit recommendation.
A sample of another Tai Pan product, a turnip cake, had 512 grams of sodium. Consuming two pieces of the cake would reach a fourth of the daily intake limit. Having four pieces of the cake would be like equivalent taking a teaspoon of salt.
The council has altogether tested 40 prepacked and labeled traditional puddings and dumplings from nine bakery chain stores since January.
In general, seven out of 11 samples of crispy triangles and sesame cookies were found to have reached more than half of the WHO recommended daily limit for fat intake.
The council advised consumers not to replace their regular meals with dumplings and puddings and to eat more fruits than delicacies for snacks.
Translation by Vey Wong
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