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DIY Fruit Enzyme Drink – Is It Any Good?

Fruit enzyme drink is a popular drink among those who are health conscious. Proponents of fruit enzyme drink claim that the drink contains probiotics, antioxidants, and enzymes, as such, it can bring about many health benefits including aiding digestion, boosting immunity, improving skin health, alkalizing body, and many more. Are these claims well founded? Let’s […]

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Recovering from a serious illness – What to eat?

A friend was hospitalised with a serious illness recently. He was slipping in and out of coma and had to be kept in the intensive care unit for 10 days. Luckily, he manages to weather through this difficult time and now he is in rehabilitation. I was asked to provide some advice on the most […]

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Arsenic warning – should I stop eating rice?

I recently received an email from An Australian friend who became concerned with the arsenic in rice after reading an online article with the title “Arsenic in Rice: How Concerned Should You Be?”[1]. He sent me an email, and I quote:  “What’s your take on this article?  Anything we can do to reduce the intake […]

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Seven common food items that can lower your blood sugar naturally

Diabetes is now a global public health problem with over 425 million adults affected by this condition worldwide, according to the International Diabetes Federation [1]. In Singapore, 1 in 3 residents are at a lifetime risk of developing type 2 diabetes and the risk is forecasted to increase to 1 in 2 by the year […]

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Sweet potato – the ultimate wonder food

Steamed sweet potato is one of my favourite breakfast items, it is easy to prepare (just wash and steam the whole tuber until soft), delicious to eat, and most importantly, packed with energy and loads of nutritional value! Sweet potato is the tuberous root of a plant scientifically known as Ipomoea batatas.  The edible root […]

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Egg consumption and cancer risk

Many people like eggs. It is an indispensable part of their diet. In Singapore, for example, every person, on average, ate 323 eggs in 2015. Amount to almost one egg per day per person in this small country [1]. Not surprisingly, since egg is a good source of inexpensive, high-quality protein and many vitamins and […]

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Seven natural sugar substitutes for better blood sugar control

High intake of refined sugar can cause detrimental effects on metabolism and is recognized as a risk factor for obesity, insulin resistance and diabetes [1]. For patients with diabetes, taking low glycemic index (GI) food can help to improve overall blood sugar control. Added sugar in food items can increase the glycemic index and adversely […]

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Natto – a powerful super food

Have you tasted natto before? It is the gooey, sticky, and stinky fermented soybeans found in Japanese cuisine. A traditional food made from cooked soybeans fermented with the Bacillus subtilis natto starter, natto has been served in Japanese household for breakfast for thousands of years [1]. Natto is not particularly appealing in look, and it […]

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My mom’s brown rice yam cake recipe

Diabetes is now a major health problem worldwide. In Singapore, fighting diabetes is now the most prominent government health policy, as mentioned by the Prime Minister in his recent National Day Rally speech. White rice, especially has been single out as an example of high glycaemic index food item. Brown rice as a replacement is […]

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Nine types of cancer-fighting greens

Higher intake of fresh fruits and vegetables is known to reduce the risk of cancer with available evidence from more than thirty years of research [1]. Green vegetables, particularly, are an integral part of any anti-cancer diet, and were found to have protective effects against cancers in many studies [2]. Green vegetables are nutritionally rich, […]