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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 …

Hidden Sugars: What You Need to Know

A granola bar contains nearly as much sugar as a can of coke: welcome to the world of hidden sugars. It’s fair to say that Singaporeans enjoy eating more than just about anything else. But with one in nine people suffering from Type 2 diabetes, it’s clear that our love affair with food is not always healthy. But diabetes is entirely preventable through a good diet and exercise. There’s no reason we can’t have our chilli crab and eat it …

The Six Best Grains for Healthy Carbs

Let’s get this straight: we need carbohydrates. In fact, they’re our body’s natural fuel source. The problem is that today we have more access to higher quantities of carbs, and more often in highly refined forms like sugar than nature ever intended. When not burned off, the excess is stored as fat. Cereal grains like wheat, rice and oats are our main carbohydrate sources. You’ve probably heard some are better than others. For example, rice is a bad carb. It’s basically pure …

SALTed: Where East Comes to the West

As I stir the tomato sauce gravy encircling a bed of crispy egg noodles, the distinctive aroma of Sarawak pepper swirls into the air, offering a delicious depth to the tangy flavours. Although tomato mee is a much-loved Sarawakian street dish, it’s rarely found in Kuala Lumpur so I was delighted to discover it recently on the menu of SALTed, a small café with a big message run by a Sarawakian couple, Sofya Yusof, 39, and her husband Karel Loong, 51. …

Eating Healthy with Asam Jawa (Tamarind)

When they need some zing or tang, most Southeast Asian curries turn to the tamarind – either the juice or the flesh itself. While the tamarind (asam jawa in Malay) is fairly ubiquitous in our cuisine, most of us don’t give it too much thought. Given how much we use it, the humble tamarind probably deserves a bit more attention. Tamarind 101 Let’s go back to basics. The tamarind tree, the Tamarindus indica, is a hardy tropical species typically found in arid …

Weaving More Fibre into your Diet

Do you need more fibre in your diet? If the statistics are anything to go by, then you probably do.  Nutritionists can’t seem to shut up about the importance of fibre, yet most of us don’t get enough. But what is fibre, anyway? What makes it so important, and how do you get more into your diet? Fibre is a structural component of plants and is found in vegetables, whole grains and other plant-based food. Although we don’t digest fibre, …