1 March 2018
PETALING JAYA: Is it possible for families to “shop smart”, even at upmarket supermarkets like Cold Storage, by purchasing discounted products that are near expiry or “after-shelf life”? That was what FMT wanted to find out, based on comments by Suriana Welfare Society executive director Scott Wong in a report about the struggles of the urban poor. Wong had been speaking about his… Read more
14 February 2018
Nestlé Malaysia has responded to a viral online video, which claims its Milo drink contains 40% sugar, by stating: ‘The facts in this video are clearly misleading’.  Read more. Read more
9 February 2018
FRESH from being crowned ‘The Fattest Country in Asia’, Malaysia is now debating whether a malt chocolate drink by Nestlé is healthy or not. Milo, a hugely popular drink in Malaysia, is marketed as a healthy and “nutritious” drink locally. This claim is now the subject of debate after a video by businessman Vishen Laisheni pointed out that sugar makes up 40… Read more
12 January 2018
PETALING JAYA: Honey can actually confer many health benefits. Dr Hanis Mastura Yahya, a senior lecturer and nutritionist from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, said 95% of honey’s dry weight is composed of carbohydrates (mainly in the forms of fructose and glucose), which are easily absorbed by the human body. According to her, honey contains at least 181 substances that include small… Read more
As 2018 kicks off, some of us are hoping to make changes. Maybe we want to earn more, get fit, do something to better our health, or even (for crazies like yours truly) hope to change the world. For sure, it takes more than waving a wand to effect personal change. Motivation matters. But even willpower alone may not suffice. What can be surprisingly powerful is studying the data – tracking… Read more
Vegetable-forward is becoming a modern philosophy. It’s a concept that appeals to meat-eaters, healthy food and sustainable farming advocates alike as it fits their interests. In cities like London and New York, there has been a rise in the number of restaurants that are making vegetables the star of their menus. It couldn’t have been an easy sell – after all, vegetables have long been… Read more
1 January 2018
With the nation constantly being ranked as the most obese country in South-East Asia, Malaysians are increasingly taking health warnings seriously. Many urbanites have turned to digital content, mobile health, and tech wearables to motivate themselves to have healthier lifestyles. PurelyB co-founder and chief executive officer Jesrina Arshad said 2017 was an instrumental year when wellness… Read more
Large food and beverage companies that have come under scrutiny for using the guise of corporate philanthropy to manipulate nutrition research in the U.S. have exported the practice abroad to developing countries. Nestlé, along with Kellogg, PepsiCo and Tate & Lyle, a high-fructose corn syrup manufacturer, funded the research of Dr. Tee E. Siong, who heads the Nutrition Society of… Read more
17 January 2018
Rapid urbanization and dramatic socio-economic advances in Malaysia since Independence has brought about marked changes to the lifestyle of the population. This has resulted in significant changes in the nutrition scene, with the existence of the paradoxical double burden of malnutrition. Various strategies and action plans have been put in place to promote healthy nutrition and active… Read more
23 November 2017
Malaysia's chicken producers must team up to boost production and intensify exports to become a global player as well as strengthen national food security. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Malaysia is a net exporter of chicken, churning 1.5 million chickens a day worth RM10 billion a year, but only 7 percent is exported. "Malaysia's chicken production already has a… Read more
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