Mooncakes are loaded with refined flour, sugar, butter, vegetable oil, and bean paste highly infused with sugar. In addition, mooncakes with salted egg yolk (sometimes multiple yolks) are even higher in fat, cholesterol, and sodium.
Needless to say, our favourite Mid-Autumn Festival treats are not the best option for the health-conscious, with a typical full-sized mooncake containing more than 700 calories and some varieties coming close to 1,000 calories.
A plain baked mooncake with lotus seed paste has approximately 716 calories. Photo credit: Esquire
A plain snowskin mooncake filled with lotus paste has 983 calories, according to the Health Promotion Board. Photo credit: Red Cook
Healthier mooncakes in the market today
Mooncake industry revolutionists have found methods of creating healthier mooncakes, making favourite mid-autumn treat no longer something out-of-bounds for the health conscious. Chocoelf is one such company that has found resounding success in its sugar-free, zero cholesterol items.
Better for weight-loss
How Chocoelf managed to create sugar-free mooncakes that retain its tastiness is by use of maltitol as a sugar substitute. It is popular as a sugar substitute because there is no bitter aftertaste, unlike most other artificial sweeteners. Also, it contains about half as many calories as sugar. For these reasons, maltitol is helpful for weight loss. Nutritionists and researchers have also confirmed that there are no adverse health effects to using this sugar substitute.
Good for diabetics
Chocoelf’s sugar-free mooncakes are a fantastic choice not only for the weight-conscious but for diabetics as well! With a glycemic index of 50 as compared to sugar’s 60, Chocoelf’s mooncakes made with maltitol do not spike blood sugar levels as much as traditional mooncakes.
Good for people with high blood cholesterol
Chocoelf’s products offer 25% less saturated fat and 0% cholesterol! Instead of the usual egg yolks, Chocoelf’s mooncakes have special soy yolks, delicately handmade with soya beans.
So, how well do the Chocoelf healthier mooncakes fare in the taste department? HealthLoco finds out…
1. Sugar-Free Pure Lotus Paste
“You can’t even tell that these are made with zero added sugar. Perfect level of sweetness!”
“The skin on this is well done, even thinner than some of the hotel brand mooncakes out there.”
2. Sugar-Free Lotus Paste & Soy Yolk
Similar to the Sugar-Free Pure Lotus Paste one above, the skin on this was thin, the paste smooth with a lovely texture. What we were eager to try was the soy yolk…
“If you are a huge fan of yolk in mooncakes, this definitely is not an adequate substitution. Still, a nice saltiness in the middle.”
In summary, these are really good. If you’re not much of a yolk fan, definitely go for this. We hear that they have amazing snowskin options as well. But hey, you don’t have to take our word for it. Go down to Takashimaya Square, B2, to try Chocoelf’s healthier mooncakes for yourself. Be quick, though, for the Mid-Autumn Festive Celebrations Fair will end on the 4th of October.
For more on Chocoelf, visit their store at Takashimaya B2 Food Hall, or their website here.