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Is MSG Really Bad for Your Health?

More dining establishments are going MSG-free these days, reflecting widespread consumer concerns about the consequences of eating too much of this commonly used flavour enhancer. Formally known as monosodium glutamate, MSG is usually found in Asian cooking, as well as in canned soups and sauces. Some people try to steer clear of MSG completely, claiming it gives them headaches and causes weight gain. It’s perhaps most synonymous with Chinese food, thanks to a 1968 opinion piece in the prestigious New …

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 …

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. …

Natural Healing with Nasi Ulam

When Mandy Leong’s colourful platter of nasi ulam is placed in front of you, it’s hard not feel a little brighter. The popular Malay dish features steamed rice mixed with herbs and surrounded by an array of side dishes. But Leong’s platter, appropriately called “Rainbow Healing Nasi Ulam”, takes nasi ulam to another level, featuring more than 10 herbs and aromatic flowers that create a kaleidoscope of colours. On top of that, customers are served a range of delicious side dishes. Leong is …

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 …