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Going low carb, is it advisable?

Going “low carb” has become fashionable in recent years. “Low carb” is short for low carbohydrates in the diet. The standard dietary recommendation states that adults should get 45%-65% of their energy from carbohydrates, 20%-35% from fat, and 10%-35% from protein [1]. By reducing the energy intake from carbohydrates, their diet will include a much […]

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Quinoa – A healthier whole-grain

Quinoa is growing in popularity, and you can easily find it in your local supermarkets these days. It is easy to prepare, delicious to eat, and goes well with many different types of cooking. Most importantly, it has many amazing nutritional and functional properties that are good for health. Here is a brief introduction to this unique whole grain.

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Boost Your Mood with A Plant-based Diet

A plant-based diet contains all the necessary elements to boost the serotonin levels and enhance the mood. The five food groups of grains, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds, as well as fruits, complement each other and are all essential to maintaining good mental health.

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Gut microbiota and cancer prevention

Do you know that there is a link between cancer and the bacteria in your gut? Scientists have found out that the gut bacteria can influence the development of cancer in the body as well as how a cancer patient response to the treatment. This has been an active area of research in recent years. […]

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Five plant-based supplements for managing cholesterol levels

A friend lost her father recently in his sleep. A sudden heart attack was the determined cause of death. A silent killer indeed. However, this is not uncommon. Sixteen people die from heart disease or stroke every day. Nearly 1 in every 3 deaths in Singapore is due to heart disease or stroke according to […]

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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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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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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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Silicon builds strong bones

Public awareness of osteoporosis has increased over the years. Many people are now aware that calcium is the essential nutrient for building strong bone and vitamin D is needed for better absorption of calcium from the diet. However, bones are not only built from calcium. Healthy bones also depend on many other essential nutrients including […]