fbpx

Eating

DNA and Nutrition – What Your Genes Tell You to Eat

  You are what you eat, it’s true. But you also eat what you are, in the sense that your DNA determines – to an extent – what you like, what you need, and how your body reacts to food. This is why the same diets and dieting tricks don’t work for everyone. Sometimes people are simply going to be fatter, slimmer, more muscular or skinnier than other people. Based on this logic, two dietary theories have arisen. The first is that …

Does Burnt Food Really Cause Cancer?

Who doesn’t love a good grilled asparagus, blackened tilapia or seared chicken? But not too seared – after all, burnt food gives you cancer, right? Well, not exactly. The idea that burnt food contains toxic, cancer-causing carcinogens has been floating around for about 20 years, fuelled time and again by headline-hungry news coverage that sometimes seems to misunderstand the research. Let’s start with the science. There are three chemicals that have raised nutritional eyebrows when it comes to cooked food …

Cooking With ‘Stinky’ Tofu

Fermented tofu has been called the “blue cheese of Asia”, and it’s not hard to see – or rather, smell – why. This pungent ingredient has earned a reputation as an acquired taste, but if used effectively it can dress up otherwise ordinary dishes. First, a little fermented tofu 101. The most common type consists of tofu cubes in mould. Fermentation breaks down the protein of the bean curd, leaving it with a softer, creamier and smoother texture. The cubes are soft …

Is Dim Sum Actually Healthy?

Nothing fills out a big night like a thousand tiny dim sums – it may just be the ultimate Asian comfort food. And with its bite-sized portions, high protein, low-carb ingredients and reliance on steam cooking, dim sum certainly seems healthier than other comfort foods like fried chicken and ramen. But are you really making a healthier choice if you opt for a night at your favourite dim sum joint over Pizza Hut or KFC? First off, the question, “Is …

One-Pot Meals for Every Day of the Week

Let’s face it, your dear old grandmother might have slaved away in the kitchen every night, but this is the Moon Age, and you’ve got things to do and places to be! Fear not, we’ve selected five of the best one-pot recipes for quick and healthy weeknight dinners. Monday: Chicken, Kale and Mushroom Pot Pie It’s Monday. You’ve got a long week ahead, and you already feel spent. Time for some hardy comfort food. This stick-to-your-ribs veggie pot pie from BBC …

Chips and Dips for Movie Nights

There’s nothing like a weekend in with good friends and good food. Health experts, though, warn against snacking and watching TV at the same time. The problem is that when you’re binging the latest Netflix series, it’s easy to stop paying attention to what you are eating. You could easily finish a tub of ice cream and or an entire large pizza without realising it. While we should be eating mindfully, when you have friends over it’s no fun if …