June is the time we start preparing for lychees! As a classic fruit in Lingnan area, the lychee is glossy, succulent and luscious. So much sweetness that once you start eating, you just can’t stop! But be careful. Too much lychee may lead to some unpleasant health problems concerning blood-sugar level, the teeth and stomach conditions. So, what is the healthy way of eating the fruit?
Peel off the tough skin but save the thin layer. Soak them in salt water for an hour. Then eat the lychee with the thin layer off. In this way, the lychee will not bring excessive “heat” to the body, which might result in a dry mouth or fever.
Drink some salt water before you start enjoying lychees. In Chinese medicine, winter melon, or winter gourd, and green beans are cool in nature, which can help our body to counter heat. So it might also help to drink some winter melon soup or green bean paste.
You also should pay extra attention on the amount of calories you eat every day, and, similarly, you should also monitor the number of lychees you eat each time. As an adult, 10 is a favorable number. Children? Maybe three to four. If you are suffering from skin rashes and pimples, a cold, or acute inflammation, sorry, you need to get a hold on your appetite. Too many lychees could exacerbate your problem.
(By Vita Lin, Louis Berney)