Beijing, February 19 (Xinhua) Today is the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first lunar month, the first important festival after the Spring Festival. According to the folk tradition in China, on this bright night, people light up thousands of lanterns to celebrate. Going out to enjoy the moon, burning lamps and setting off flames, enjoying solve riddles on the lanterns, having Lantern Festival together, family reunion and celebrating the festive season are all enjoyable.

  On the Lantern Festival, there are many "rolling" Yuanxiao in the north and "wrapping" dumplings in the south. Many people think that glutinous rice balls are Yuanxiao. In fact, the raw materials of the two are glutinous rice except the skin, and there are differences in raw materials and production techniques.

  But whether it’s dumplings or Yuanxiao, the heat is high.

  As we know, glutinous rice balls are made of glutinous rice, and the stuffing of glutinous rice balls is mostly made of oil, cream, margarine, black sesame seeds and chocolate, which makes the heat of glutinous rice balls rise layer by layer. A medium-sized dumpling is about 30 grams, that is, 150 calories, which is equivalent to running 400 meters to consume.

  Therefore, we must pay attention to the heat and fat content data of the nutrient composition table on the package when buying the pre-packaged quick-frozen glutinous rice balls on the market.

  So how can we satisfy the delicious food without getting fat?

  It is suggested to reduce some staple foods when eating glutinous rice balls, and not treat them as snacks.

  In addition, when eating glutinous rice balls, reduce some greasy dishes, avoid eating fat and frying for lunch and dinner, and cook more cold dishes.

  Choose dumplings with low calories. For example, the popular fruit dumplings in recent years are low in fat, low in calories, not so greasy, fragrant and delicious, suitable for people who pay attention to weight, and relatively easy to digest.

  Do not eat fried dumplings. Tangyuan itself is high in calories. If you choose to eat fried tangyuan again, the calories will undoubtedly be off the charts, and the total energy will definitely exceed. Therefore, don’t choose fried dumplings for eating dumplings, just boil them in water.

  Adjust the order of eating. When eating, eat vegetables and protein food first, and then eat glutinous rice balls last. Before eating dumplings, it is suggested to eat a lot of vegetables, such as mixed vegetables, and then eat some bean products and low-fat meat, and finally taste a dumpling.

  Finally, it is suggested that glutinous rice balls should be eaten in the morning or at noon. After eating, you can do moderate exercise and consume them, so you don’t have to worry about the trouble of long meat caused by excessive energy. If you eat glutinous rice balls at night, don’t go to bed after eating. Go out for a walk after eating and consume the extra energy.

  Who should not eat?

  High fever patient

  When the patient has fever, his gastrointestinal tract is relatively inhibited. In this case, he should eat more liquid food. If he eats the indigestible Yuanxiao (glutinous rice balls), his condition may be aggravated.


  Tangyuan (Yuanxiao) has a high sugar content. If patients covet the delicious food, their blood sugar will rise sharply, which will not only aggravate their illness, but also induce ketoacidosis. And glutinous rice is rich in starch, which can be converted into sugar, so diabetics should not eat it.

  Old and infirm

  The gastrointestinal function of the elderly is weakened, the secretion of digestive enzymes and digestive juice is reduced, the gastrointestinal peristalsis is slowed down, and the emptying time is prolonged, so it is difficult to digest and absorb sticky food such as glutinous rice balls. Moreover, the teeth of the elderly are not good, and eating too sweet will definitely further damage the enamel.

  Gastrointestinal dyspepsia

  Tangyuan (Yuanxiao) is made of glutinous rice flour, which is sticky and difficult to digest. After eating it, it can cause stomach pain, bloating, belching, acid reflux and even diarrhea.

  Hyperlipidemia, hypertension and gout

  No matter sweet dumplings (Yuanxiao) or salty dumplings (Yuanxiao), they all contain a lot of oil. The oil and sugar in Yuanxiao (glutinous rice balls) will increase the blood viscosity, slow down the blood flow, increase blood pressure, aggravate heart hypoxia and ischemia, and induce angina pectoris.

  Newly recovered from a serious illness

  At this time, although the patient’s appetite has improved, his digestive function is still weak, and excessive consumption of glutinous rice balls (Yuanxiao) is not conducive to rehabilitation.

  infants and young children

  Children’s digestive function is weak, and the swallowing reflex is not yet developed, so they can’t eat glutinous rice balls (Yuanxiao) whole, and they should be fed slowly under the supervision of their parents.

  Note: Infants under 3 years old are not suitable for eating glutinous rice balls. Because glutinous rice is sticky, children under one year old are likely to stick glutinous rice balls (Yuanxiao) to the esophagus and block the respiratory tract.

  Ulcer patient

  Eating glutinous rice balls (Yuanxiao) can increase the secretion of gastric acid, aggravate the stimulation to the ulcer surface, and even induce gastric bleeding and gastric perforation in severe cases.

  Patients with acute gastroenteritis

  The patient’s gastrointestinal tract is in a state of congestion and edema. The patient should eat some digestible foods such as rice soup and lotus root starch. Eating glutinous rice balls (Yuanxiao) will increase the burden on the gastrointestinal tract.

  Finally, we should pay attention to the preservation of glutinous rice balls and yuanxiao. Most of the dumplings need quick freezing, and the product temperature is lower than MINUS 18 degrees Celsius, so they need to be frozen and stored. The shelf life is generally more than three months, and the taste of dumplings does not change much after thawing. The dried glutinous rice flour on the outer layer of Yuanxiao is easy to absorb water, and its taste will change after refrigeration. Therefore, Yuanxiao is mostly made and sold now, and its shelf life is usually three or two days.