We don’t mean to rain on your (national) parade, but it seems that the price of supper is high, and we’re not talking about your wallets.
Bak Kut Teh
If you’ve been suffering from indigestion, excess gas or, worse, acid reflux after a late night out, you can blame it on the char kway teow, not the alcohol. Why? Well, food creates acid in your tummy when you lay down to sleep, and the acid spills out of your full stomach, leading to acid reflux. Indigestion is caused by the improper digestion of food, mainly because we tend to overeat and partially because your stomach ain’t doing an all-nighter just for you.
Meta’ of Fact
Experts say that our organs are just like us – they work during the day when we’re active, and function slightly less effectively at night. Our metabolism slows down, and fat, in particular, is turned into energy more slowly at night and, uh oh… there it goes to your thighs. As Meghan Trainor would say, there’s nothing wrong with a bit of bass, but giving up your chronic supper habit will definitely make it easier to reach your fitness goals.
Char Kway Teow
Face it, you’re not going to eat a salad for supper, and most of our supper foods are super sinful – and not to mention oily. And when oil is ingested in excess, it causes a myriad of cardiovascular diseases. In fact, the long-term effects of eating too much, too late can affect your mental health, give you peptic ulcers and even lead to esophageal cancer. Don’t panic, though – this only happens if you eat late, heavy meals every night for an extended period of time. The occasional supper won’t be anything like your last, so makan away - in moderation, that is!
Weighing the Possibilities
We did some digging about with our forks and compared the caloric content of our favourite supper dishes.
Char Kway Teow: 744 calories
Bak Kut Teh: 342 calories
Satay: 37 calories per stick
Plain Prata: 212 calories