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Things to avoid for a healthier steamboat

No matter your favourite steamboat stop, it is likely that you are committing at least one of these seven food crimes at your meal.

We asked Ms Jaclyn Reutens, clinical dietitian at Aptima Nutrition and Sports Consultants, for tips on keeping the hotpot experience healthy.

DON’T DIP INTO MUCH SOYA OR CHILLI SAUCE

Just one tablespoon could up your sodium intake by about 1,000mg and 500mg respectively, so think before you dip. Most foods are already naturally salty – if the meat tastes bland, it could just be over-boiled.

AVOID GOING FOR THE BALLS

We are talking meatballs and processed foods like sausages, crabsticks and fishcakes.

Go for fresh meat and produce in your steamboat instead as they contain less fat and sodium.

According Ms Reutens, the best meats are thinly sliced lean pork, striploin, skinless chicken breast and fish fillets.

Besides offering little in terms of nutrition, processed foods are also high in nitrites.

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