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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, […]

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Seven reasons to consume mushrooms regularly

Edible mushrooms have been treasured as not only as culinary delicacies, but also medicine since ancient times. Warriors in ancient Greece took mushrooms to gain strength for battle; to the Romans, the mushrooms were the “Food of the Gods”.  Similarly, in ancient China, mushrooms were considered the “elixir of life” [1]. Once considered to be […]

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Do I need to go gluten-free?

In recent years, following a gluten-free diet has become increasingly popular in Western countries. In the United States for example, the estimated population adhering to a gluten-free diet without celiac disease has more than tripled to 1.69% in 2013-2014 compared to only 0.52% in 2009-2010 [1]. Another survey conducted in Australia found 7.3% of the […]

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Iron deficiency anaemia and vegetarian diet

Iron is an essential nutrient that the human body cannot do without. It is needed by the body to synthesize haemoglobin (red blood cell) as well as myoglobin (iron-binding protein in muscle) which are important proteins for cells respiration and energy production [1]. Deficiency in iron can lead to anaemia, i.e. insufficient haemoglobin concentration in […]

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Why I choose to go organic?

Going organic has become a lifestyle choice for an increasing number of health-conscious consumers. The global organic food market is projected to grow at an annual compounded rate of 16% between 2015 to 2020 [1]. In Singapore, for instance, organic food is now easily available on the shelves of neighbourhood supermarkets like Sheng Siong and […]