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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
By Emily Van Zandt6 December 2018
For the past 28 years, the food bank has been the top resource for food distribution in the District, supplying some 32 million meals across the Washington region in 2017. Subscribe to read here. Read more
12 September 2018
Coconut sugar is enjoying a boom in popularity, thanks partly to some people claiming it is a healthful alternative to other sugar types. The truth is less clear and consuming too much of any sugar may contribute to health issues. It is essential that people understand both the benefits and risks of using coconut sugar. This is true as many may turn to alternative sweeteners such as coconut… Read more
20 September 2018
Adolescence is the time in a child’s life when their body changes physically into an adult. By this time, children will reach their full height potential. It is also the time they will experience emotional, social and intellectual stages that will mold them into the adult they will become. As for nutrition, this is the time your child tends to grow out of your watchful eye and wants to start… Read more
16 September 2018
Malaysia has had a long-standing relationship with sugar. With an average production of 1.678 million metric tonnes of sugar annually over the past five years, and bearing the badge of honor as one of the world’s top sugar importers, it is clear that sugar plays a very important part in Malaysia’s economy – and diet. However, perhaps the time has come for us to curb our sugar intake with… Read more
Matthew Cooper uses data science to study land cover and nutrition as part of his PhD in Geography at the University of Maryland. His interest in the environment and food systems has led him to conduct fieldwork in countries including Mali, Uganda, and the Philippines; act as data manager for a project that harnesses data for agricultural decision-making, and work on remote sensing and geographic… Read more
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