Mid-Autumn Festival – Enjoying Mooncakes Sensibly

The Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, families gather to sample autumn harvests, light lanterns and admire what’s believed to be the fullest moon of the year.

In Chinese culture, roundness symbolizes completeness and togetherness. A full moon symbolizes prosperity and reunion for the whole family. Round mooncakes complement the harvest moon in the night sky at the Mid-Autumn Festival.

However, as delicious as mooncakes are, they are laden with calories.

A lotus seed paste mooncake contains 716 calories.
A lotus seed paste mooncake with one salted egg yolk has 790 calories.
If it has two salted egg yolks, that’s 890 calories!

Mooncakes are high in calories due to high fat and high sugar content. Yet, it is still possible to enjoy mooncakes without guilt. As always, moderation is key.

Here are some tips that you can adopt to enjoy mooncakes sensibly.