【Sauces healthy trap】Different types of sauces are used in both Chinese and Western cuisines. Adding sauces during cooking can enhance the flavour, and also make the dishes look more attractive, which can increase the appetite. But you should be aware that many packaged sauces are added with a large amount of sodium and oil, and you may fall into this health trap easily without noticing.
There are various styles in Chinese cuisine. In addition to soy sauce and oyster sauce that are commonly used at home, shrimp paste, chili bean sauce, XO sauce, and red bean curd paste are also used in chinese cuisines. Although salt is substituted by sauces as seasonings, the sodium content is high. One tablespoon of chili bean paste contains 860 mg of salt, which is almost half of the recommended daily sodium intake for adults. In a long term, excessive sodium intake increases the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, edema, kidney disease, and cardiovascular diseases.
In addition, salad dressings such as Thousand Island sauce and mayonnaise which are commonly used in western cuisines, are high in fat and calories. A large amount of oil is added during processing in order to achieve a smooth texture and easier to spread.
When we dine out, remember to ask for the sauce to be served on the side, and avoid pre-mixed salads or dishes with a large amount of sauce. At home, natural seasonings such as black pepper, vanilla, garlic salt, etc. are more recommended, therefore you can avoid excessive intake of fat and sodium from the diet.
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