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Healthy alternatives to unhealthy food

healthy alternatives to unhealthy food

Fried Carrot Cake

What’s there not to love about a plate of steaming hot, crispy fried carrot cake? Especially beloved is the local black carrot cake, where flavours tend to come out a little stronger due to the sweet soy sauce that gives it its colour.

Perhaps, a better alternative to the black carrot cake is the white carrot cake. While both essentially contain the same ingredients, the white carrot cake doesn’t include molasses (or sweet soy sauce, as it is commonly known) and the egg is beaten on top of the cake to give it a crispy texture. That might not sound like much of a difference, but the white carrot cake contains almost 100 calories less than a plate of black carrot cake.

Ramen

A staple piece in most Asian cuisines, from Japanese to Chinese, ramen is easily found throughout Singapore and the region. However, what most people don’t know is that ramen is significantly unhealthy for you. A bowl of ramen in a restaurant can easily reach over 1,000 calories, and contains more than the recommended daily salt intake. Authentic hand-pulled ramen is also mostly made of flour, salt and water.

If you’re craving for a noodle fix, a healthier alternative to ramen is spaghetti. Spaghetti is made from just flour and water, thus making the noodle itself significantly less salty than the ramen noodle. Additionally, ramen doesn’t offer much nutrition, whereas spaghetti is high in fiber, which helps fight obesity and aids digestion.

Soup

There are thousands of variations of soups in the world, from plain chicken broth to fancy chowders. Although many think that soup is a healthier choice compared to solid food, the type of soup you consume matters.

Cream-based soups, in general, are a lot unhealthier than broth-based soup. This is because broth-based soups are normally made by boiling meat, bones and vegetables in water, while cream-based soups require either added milk or cream.

The cream used is often loaded with saturated fat and thus adds more calories compared to the broth-based soups. Broth-based soups also end up being healthier as nutritional value from the meat, bones and vegetables get retained while adding to the flavour.