Giap Tet is busy with work, I don’t have time to make my own jam, I have to buy it. May I ask how should I choose jam to eat without fat, low in color, safe for health? (Hoa, 20 years old, HCMC).
Tet jam is very diverse, from vegetables and tubers such as sweet potatoes, squash, tomatoes, ginger… or from fruits such as persimmons, peaches, pears, tamarind, plums, apples, strawberries, kiwis… economically, it is difficult to control the type, origin, origin and quality of jam. Many manual jam processing establishments do not guarantee food safety, due to contaminated raw materials, production and processing places, unclean containers, floating food additives, and even improper handling. permission to use as bleaching chemicals, colorants, chemical sugars, solder…
When buying jam, you should pay attention to the content of additives and expiry date. Should choose the type with the production date close to the time of purchase, avoid close to the due date. Select confectionery, Tet jam is carefully preserved, no signs of mold, color change, taste.
Pay attention to the amount of sugar on the package. Do not choose foods that are too sweet, covered with many layers of sugar, especially people who are overweight, have a diet or have diabetes.
Should not buy products with colors that are too dark or colorful … but should choose natural color jam, clear origin.
Instead of eating jams and sweets, families can replace them with fresh fruits during Tet such as watermelon, oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, persimmons, strawberries, apples,… or use whole grains. cups, pumpkin seeds, peanuts, cashews, peas. Particularly with melon or sunflower seeds, attention should be paid to dyes and molds.
MSc. Dr. Nguyen Van Tien
Nutrition Education and Communication Center, Institute of Nutrition