1. Açai bowls There are two things you may not know about the antioxidant-rich superfood açai bowls: How to pronounce açai (it’s not ah-cai, btw) and how much calories it can pack in. Açai bowls are made with pureed acai berries which are grown in Central and South America (Fun fact: A Brazilian friend tells me that there’s nothing hipster about açai berries where he lives – açai bowls are sold cheaply at food kiosks on many streets, kind of like how you would buy an Old Chang Kee curry puff any time of the day). But who wants to eat just açai berries, right? So, someone dreamt up açai bowls in which you throw fruit, nuts, seeds, granola, cocoa nibs, coconut flakes and even a scoop of ice cream. And to make their açai bowls look even more Instagram-friendly and more worthy of their $8.90 price tags, some stores pile on the toppings until your once-healthy açai bowl is now a sinful mountain of processed sugar and calories. Ah-sigh. 2. Fruit juices An apple a day keeps … [Read more...] about Jialat, these 10 health foods not as healthy as you think
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For decades, an increasing number of Singaporeans have been struggling with expanding waistlines and the associated health risks. In 1992, just 5.2 per cent of adults were obese and 21.1 per cent were overweight. By 2017, 8.7 per cent of Singaporeans were obese and 36.2 per cent were overweight. But just what is leading to this dramatic increase in obesity? ValueChampion tested a number of variables that are regularly linked with obesity, including the number of workers in sedentary white collar jobs, smoking rates, regular participation in sports, and the size of the fast food industry. Our research demonstrates a strong correlation between the fast food industrial index and increasing overweightness in Singapore, and some ethnic groups feel the impact more severely than others. Key findings: The fast food industry sales index is 95.7 per cent correlated with Singapore’s overweight trend On the other hand, other factors like smoking and an increasingly white collar … [Read more...] about Is fast food driving Singapore’s obesity problem?
For many Chinese consumers, a satisfying breakfast is one that includes either hot porridge or steamed buns. Cold sandwiches, which are usually popular with Westerners, are probably one of the last options on their minds. But that is not to say that consumers, especially those in a cosmopolitan city like Shanghai, would shun everything considered Western for breakfast. For instance, coffee, which has steadily grown in popularity in the country, is one beverage that many cannot do without today. To cater to this growing demand for breakfast sets that combine elements from the East and the West, food companies have been rolling out a host of new offerings to reel in the customers. One example is Shanghai Qiao Coffee, which was launched by local time-honored food company Qiaojiashan at the end of 2019. Apart from its traditional dim sum fare, the store also sells various types of coffee such as cold brew, flat white and even sweet fermented-rice latte. The bestselling coffee, … [Read more...] about Chinese-Western breakfast sets proving to be a hit among locals
Christmas is full of surprises, and not just of the gifting type; the holiday has also coincided with some highly newsworthy moments. On Christmas Day 1962, To Kill a Mockingbird was released; In 1990, the internet got its first test drive on Christmas; and on Christmas Day in 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as president of the USSR. But perhaps one of the most memorable events of American Christmases past was the flight of Apollo 8. Astronauts Jim Lovell, William Anders and Frank Borman spent the night before Christmas of 1968 orbiting the moon—the first humans to do so. It was a mission originally intended to test out the lunar module, but when delays with the module threatened to slow the Apollo program and former President John F. Kennedy's ambitious goal to land on the moon by the end of the decade, NASA abruptly changed the mission to a lunar voyage. Apollo 8 launched on December 21, 1968, circled the moon 10 times on Christmas Eve, and begun its return to Earth that … [Read more...] about Rewind: On Christmas Eve 1968, Apollo 8 Orbited the Moon
Last week, rumors swirled that President Joe Biden Joe Biden Atlanta mayor won't run for reelection South Carolina governor to end pandemic unemployment benefits in June Airplane pollution set to soar with post-pandemic travel boom MORE had proposed a ban on burgers. The claims, first reported by UK tabloid The Daily Mail , led to audible gasps of outcry and sent many a meat lover on the defense. By now, news reports have surfaced the real story — Biden did not actually propose a plan to make Americans cut their beef intake in an effort to curb climate change. But, should he? What if that’s exactly what we need to save America and our world from the destructive perils of climate change? Even though Biden may not be encouraging us to cut beef, consider the mounting, emergent, and scientifically-grounded reasons for why we should do it anyway. The burger-banishing claims we heard last week were deciphered from a 2020 study , conducted by the University of … [Read more...] about Biden didn’t ban burgers, but should he?