Eating Chawanmushi in Obesity: Is it SAFE or Not?

Short Answer: Chawanmushi is good for obesity because it has protein and fiber. They can help you feel full, maintain your muscle mass, regulate your digestion, and lower your cholesterol levels.

Obesity is a condition that affects your body weight and health.

In obesity, your body accumulates excess fat, which can lead to various health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and some cancers.

One of the key factors in managing obesity is diet.

What you consume can affect your calorie intake and expenditure, which can impact your body weight and health.

To effectively manage obesity, you should consume protein-rich foods like lean meat, eggs, and tofu, and fiber-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

And avoid sugar-rich foods like candy, soda, and pastries, and fat-rich foods like fried foods, cheese, and butter.

Now, chawanmushi is a traditional Japanese savory steamed egg custard.

People usually eat it as an appetizer or a light meal.

It is made with eggs, dashi broth, soy sauce, mirin, sake, salt, and various toppings such as chicken, shrimp, fish cake, mushrooms, and ginkgo nuts.

Chawanmushi is good for obesity because it contains protein and fiber.

Protein can help you feel full and maintain your muscle mass. Fiber can help you regulate your digestion and blood sugar levels.

One cup of chawanmushi can give you about 13 grams of protein (26% of your daily needs), 3 grams of fiber (12% of your daily needs), 7 grams of fat (11% of your daily needs), and 4 grams of carbs (1% of your daily needs).

Egg can provide high-quality protein and essential amino acids that can support your metabolism and muscle growth.

Dashi broth can provide minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and iodine that can support your bone health and thyroid function.

Soy sauce can provide sodium that can help balance your fluid levels and nerve impulses. However, too much sodium can also raise your blood pressure and increase your risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Mirin can provide a small amount of sugar that can give you some energy. However, too much sugar can also spike your blood glucose levels and contribute to weight gain.

Sake can provide alcohol that can relax your mood and stimulate your appetite. However, too much alcohol can also impair your liver function and add extra calories to your diet.

Salt can enhance the flavor of the dish. However, too much salt can also have the same effects as too much sodium.

Chicken can provide lean protein that can help you build muscle and burn fat.

Shrimp can provide protein and omega-3 fatty acids that can help you lower your cholesterol and inflammation levels.

Fish cake can provide protein and some vitamins such as B12 and D that can help you support your nervous system and immune system.

Mushrooms can provide fiber and antioxidants that can help you improve your digestion and protect your cells from damage.

Ginkgo nuts can provide fiber and phytochemicals that can help you enhance your memory and cognitive function.

So, as you can see, it is made with good ingredients.

Furthermore, chawanmushi is a low-calorie and nutrient-dense dish that can help you control your portion size and meet your nutritional needs.

Because it is steamed in a cup, it does not require any oil or butter to cook.

You can eat one or two cups of chawanmushi per day safely. More than that can cause excess sodium or alcohol intake, which can have negative effects on your blood pressure or liver.

Also, you shouldn’t eat chawanmushi if you have an egg allergy or a shellfish allergy to prevent an allergic reaction. Because it contains egg or shrimp as ingredients.

You can buy fresh eggs, chicken, shrimp, fish cake, mushrooms, ginkgo nuts in your local market or order them online.

Always choose organic eggs, lean chicken cuts, peeled shrimp, plain fish cake, fresh mushrooms, shelled ginkgo nuts. Because they are healthier and safer than conventional or processed ones.

You can store them in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to a month.

Finally remember maintaining a healthy lifestyle including a balanced diet regular exercise and stress management is key to managing obesity effectively.

I always recommend my obesity patients to follow an obesity-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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