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21 June 2019
Food as medicine is a concept that is gaining traction in the health and wellness community. As a doctor, parents often ask me about what they can feed their kids to improve their immunity. In young and old alike, our immune system is the first line of defense against bacteria, viruses and even fungi. And research shows our body’s hardwired health defense systems can be activated by… Read more
12 June 2019
The sweet potato was a cultivated crop as far back as 2500 BC. Food historians estimate that humans have been consuming sweet potato as food for as long as 10,000 years. It is a well-established crop in Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean Islands. History documents that it was brought over to Europe by famed explorer Christopher Columbus in 1492. In Europe, it was considered… Read more
20 May 2019
Belgium's Royal Academy of Medicine recommended last week that children, teens, pregnant women, and nursing mothers do not follow a vegan diet. An estimated 3% of Belgian children follow this type of vegetarianism that excludes meat, eggs, dairy products, and all other animal-derived ingredients, according to the academy's statement. The eating plan is "restrictive," creates "unavoidable"… Read more
23 May 2019
Global nutrition company Herbalife Nutrition recently released findings from its “Asia Pacific Healthy Breakfast Survey 2019”. Conducted in March 2019 with 5,500 respondents in 11 markets - Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam - the survey revealed that while the majority of Asia Pacific consumers understand the… Read more
4 April 2019
Food labels are often overlooked when we go grocery shopping. Reading food labels isn’t just for people with dietary concerns. There are plenty of benefits in developing this habit. In an age where people are becoming more observant about how their food is produced, food labels empower us to make informed decisions about what we consume. We should be aware of what constitutes good nutrition… Read more
15 February 2019
Drinking Diet Coke every day increases your risk of dying young, experts have warned. Two or more artificially sweetened drinks a day ups the risk of stroke by a quarter and heart disease by a third, new findings show. And compared with people who never touch them, the risk of early death is 16 percent higher for diet drink guzzlers. ‘Diet drinks are NOT harmless’ Scientists warned… Read more
12 February 2019
The study, which involved monitoring the diets of tens of thousands of French people between 2009 and 2017, found a modest link between increased consumption of ultra-processed foods – characterized as ready-to-eat or -heat formulations – and heightened mortality risk during that period. The results were published in JAMA Internal Medicine published by the American Medical… Read more
11 February 2019
Nutrition experts often laud the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory components in tea – particularly green – and it can be tempting to guzzle anything that resembles the leaf-infused drink. Enter bubble tea – a sweeter, milkier version hailing from Taiwan, which comes complete with fun little tapioca pearls and ice. Over the past 10 years, bubble tea kiosks and stores… Read more
9 January 2019
Recent news reports suggest that Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik is looking at introducing a school breakfast programme in schools. The New Straits Times reported that the ministry was looking at providing free nutritious breakfast for children from the Bottom 40 percent income group (“MOE to study free breakfast scheme for children in B40 group” — NST, Nov 6, 2018). School… Read more
By Helena Norberg-Hodge6 December 2018
If you’re seeking some good news during these troubled times, look at the ecologically sound ways of producing food that has percolated up from the grassroots in recent years. Small farmers, environmentalists, academic researchers and food and farming activists have given us agroecology, holistic resource management, permaculture, regenerative agriculture, and other… Read more
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