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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 […]

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What is “Detox”?

Most people must have heard something about “detox” these days with many health products being commercially marketed to have detox benefits. We can find detox diet, detox supplements, detox programme, detox juices, detox smoothies, detox massage, detox essential oil, detox soap, etc. And the list goes on.  It seems like anything and everything can have […]

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Blender or Juicer?

“Should I get a high-speed blender or a slow juicer?” This is a question that I was asked quite often from people who starting to consider adopting a healthy lifestyle by taking fresh juices regularly. My advice is, if there is only one equipment that you want to invest in, then get a high-speed blender. […]

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Chinese “almond” milk: recipe and health benefits

Chinese “almond” milk or Xing Ren Cha (杏仁茶/露) is a traditional Chinese drink. I remember it was my grandma’s favourite drink. With a distinctive smell, I used to hate it when I was young. Only lately that I started to appreciate it and learn to make it. For the namesake, most people thought that this […]

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Complete proteins from plant-based sources

The most commonly known sources of proteins for vegetarians, especially for vegans who avoid all animal-based foods, including eggs and dairy, are legumes like beans and peas. However, legumes are not the sole source of proteins for vegans. Vegetables, grains, nuts, and seeds are all important sources as well. In fact, it is important for […]

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Are all processed foods bad for health?

Health promotion messages today often advised the public to reduce consumption of processed foods. For example, in the Singapore Health Promotion Board’s “My Healthy Plate”, the public is advised to limit intake of processed foods that are high in sugar or salt [1]. However, what constitutes processed foods and are they necessarily bad for health? […]

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Common household herbs and their health benefits

There are many common household herbs that can be easily grown under the hot and humid weather of Singapore. Even with only a limited space in most apartments, herbal plants can thrive as long as there is sufficient light and water. I and my wife are not known to have green fingers. Our first experiment […]