【The perfect match for "Zongzi" and "tea"】Sticky rice dumplings are often eaten during the Dragon Boat Festival. It is made with glutinous rice, which is much more stickier and harder to digest than white rice. Proving that a cup of tea can relieve greasiness and boost up the digestion, what is the best combination?
Green tea + Sweet rice dumplings
Lots of sugar is added during making the fillings and dipping sauce. Excessive sugar will convert as fat, leading to weight gain. However the presence of catechins in tea can inhibit the enzymatic activity in sugar decomposition and absorption, thereby reducing fat accumulation.
Pu'er Tea + Savoury rice dumplings
The main ingredients are usually fatty pork, salted egg yolk, and Jinhua ham, which are high in saturated fat and cholesterol. The presence of casuarina in tea can inhibit the enzymatic decomposition of triglycerides. Thus, reducing fats & oil absorption.
Oolong tea + Alkaline rice dumplings
The water used in soaking the sticky rice is strongly alkaline with pH value > 11. Providing that tea is weakly acidic, consuming both together can balance the stomach pH and prevent discomfort.
Friendly reminder: Caffeine in tea can stimulate the secretion of gastric juice. People who have gastric intolerance should consume weak tea instead of strong tea.
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