September 25, 2018 08:26
Many people experience the "post-holiday blues" after major festive occasions like Chuseok, or Korean Thanksgiving.
In a recent survey of over 300 adults aged between 20 and 69, 67 percent of respondents reported having such an experience, and 35 percent said they had suffered from stomach ache, diarrhea or constipation caused by overeating.
"Most dishes that you might have during holidays are high in calories and fat, often causing upsetting your stomach and putting on pounds," said a doctor in family medicine in Seoul.
"Dishes like meat skewers, jeon or Korean pancakes and japchae or stir-fried cellophane noodles with thinly sliced beef and a variety of vegetables contain twice as many calories as the ones you normally eat, so there is a risk of taking in excessive amounts of food in short periods of time."
To help digestion and avoid stomach problems, it would be a good idea to include green tea or some other traditional teas in your holiday feasts. For example, having songpyeon or crescent-shaped rice cakes and other various traditional desserts could increase your intake of carbohydrates instantly, but catechins in green tea prevent them from converting into fat.
Pu'er tea also can be a good choice especially after having various meat dishes which are high in saturated fat. The gallic acid in the tea prevents fat accumulation in the body. Pu'er tea can be enjoyed both hot and cold, but drink it warm to maximize its effect.
Oolong tea has some health benefits. This alkaline herbal tea is widely consumed in China after having fatty and greasy meals because it eases digestion and dissolves neutral fat. Jujube tea which contains 170 mg of potassium each is also good as it helps lower sodium levels in the body.
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