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Is Bubble Tea Healthy?

We hate to burst your bubble, but bubble tea is not really healthy. Don’t get us wrong, we love bubble tea (for those living under a rock: cold, often flavoured tea filled with tapioca balls, a.k.a. “pearls” or “bobas”). It’s delicious and fun and you should totally drink it sometimes. It just isn’t particularly good for you. At best it breaks even, nutritionally speaking. At worst, it’s a sugar-load dessert drink. Let’s take the standard drink of popular bubble tea …

Raya Food from Around The World

In June, nearly two billion Muslims will come together with family and friends to celebrate the end of the month of Ramadan. To ready you for the occasion, we’re going to take a short culinary tour to find out what Muslim communities around the world enjoy during the festive season of Eid al-Fitr (known as Hari Raya Aidilfitri in much of Southeast Asia). Some of these dishes are also commonly found during Eid al-Adha (or, as we know it, Hari …

A Vegetarian Raya

The celebrations to mark Hari Raya Aidilfitri are a great chance to enjoy your favourite dishes – particularly for members of the Muslim community, who have just finished observing the month of Ramadan. Families, friends and loved ones come together to enjoy delicious curries, salads and grilled meats, which are then topped off with celebratory sweets reserved for this special occasion. These days, many people are opting for vegetarianism or veganism, be it for health or ethical reasons. Some popular …

8 Must-Have Raya Treats

The festival of Hari Raya Aidilfitri – known elsewhere as Eid al-Fitr – marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting for Muslims, and will be celebrated in early June. Hari Raya is associated with a wide range of delicious curries, sweets and snacks – here are eight of our favourites to savour this year. 1. Ketupat This Hari Raya dish is an iconic symbol of Eid – to the point that it doubles as a festive decoration that …

Three Reasons You Shouldn’t Worry About Antioxidants

You would have to be living under a dietary rock to not have heard of antioxidants – a kind of supernutrient extolled for their miraculous, age-defying, disease-thwarting properties. Accordingly, antioxidants are now used in marketing campaigns of everything from coffee to aloe vera skin cream. But what is an “antioxidant” anyway? And do they actually do anything? Simply put, antioxidants are thought to fight something called “free radicals”. Free radicals are reactive molecules that float around the body wreaking havoc. …

Foods that Fight Cholesterol

For the health-conscious, there are few dietary nemeses as feared as cholesterol. In and of itself, there’s not too much to fear from the fat-related molecule, which plays a key role in the structure of the cells in your body. When too much builds up in your blood and blood vessels, though, it can lead to high blood pressure and increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Know how cholesterol works The first thing to know is that cholesterol, for …