Tuesday, December 18, 2012

New generation of Ice Cream: Sweet and sugar free!

Today, I read about an article of a Singaporean guy starts a cool ice cream shop 'Sugalight', selling sugar-free ice cream. Totally impress as he dedicated sugar-free ice cream for his dad who suffers diabetes medication but he is an ice cream person. The secret behind sugar-free ice cream - Xylitol.

Xylitol is a sugar substitute, it is found in fibrous vegetables and fruit. Perhaps it has another function as well,  Xylitol is beneficial for dental health. With the correct ingredient and correct formulation, I believe a sugar-free ice cream will be definitely wide acceptable in future. The best part about xylitol is it is not about ice cream, it can be attached in desserts and I can't wait to try one! 

今日读了一篇新加坡開雪糕店 ‘Sugarlight',賣無糖雪糕的新闻。原來老板的父親患上糖尿病,每天都必須服用藥物控制血糖水平,但他喜歡吃雪糕等甜食,所以老板才研制又甜又不會高血糖的雪糕。秘诀在于自然的木糖醇,是玉米、蘑菇等果品、蔬菜自然製造的一種糖。木糖醇和白糖的甜度相似,也不會被口腔里的細菌發酵利用,因此也可以減少蛀牙的幾率。

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

What's protein again?

From my experience, currently those who voice that their weight losing diet is working just by changing their eating habit by cutting down protein consumption. For example, they will avoid taking meat and fish, just picking rice and vegetables only. I will emphasize on how to get a balance meal especially not to forget the protein source. Inadequate of protein will lead to weak immune system, vulnerable to infection or sickness (fever, sore throat, running nose, weakness). The cooking method and food choices for protein sources are very important to determine calories and fat content that we consume. Choosing the right protein is able to provide good nutrients as well as maintaining strong immune system against sickness. In addition, animal sources of protein included red meats (lamb, beef, and pork), white meats (chicken, turkey), egg white and milk. Plant sources of protein included taufu, tempeh, fucuk, others soy products and legumes (lentils, pea, beans).

For each main meal, I do advice to include at least 2 exchange of protein for female while 3 exchange for male based on different calories intake. 

1 exchange of protein  7g protein  35-65 Kcal. 

To achieve at least 15% of protein intake from total calories: 
For female, you should take 4 to 5 exchange of protein based on 1500 Kcal per day.
For male, you should at least consume 5 to 6 exchange protein based on 2000Kcal per day. 

However, if you are having renal problem or others health related issue that need protein restriction, remember to get consultation from your physician or dietitian. On the other hand, if you are having problems that require high protein intake, female can increase 20% of protein intake from total calories which is equal to 7 exchange protein in a day while male can take up 9 to 10 exchange protein in a day.

To know the amount of protein that you have taken, you should learn how to estimate portion size for 1 exchange of protein. 

1 exchange of protein  1 matchbox (40g) of fish, chicken, beef, lamb, pork or ½ of drumstick, 1 egg white, 2 slices of cheddar cheese, ¾ pieces of taufu (soy bean curd) or 1 ½ sheets of Fucuk (30g) and 1 cup of milk. It is suggested that the main meal of lunch or dinner should consume 2 exchanges of protein by taking 1 whole fish (80g)/ 2 match box of lean meats(80g)/ 2 egg white or 1 ½ pieces of taufu.  There will be total of 4 exchange protein from lunch and dinner for female. Another exchange of protein is at least 1 cup of 4 tbsp of milk during breakfast or supper to get total of 5 exchanges of protein in a day. For male, to get up to 6 exchange of protein, you are suggested to take 3 exchange proteins for each lunch and dinner.

Please refer to a portion size guidelines:


女性应在每个主餐应包含至少2个蛋白质,而男性则需要到 3个蛋白质。1个蛋白质等于到7克的蛋白质,能够提供3565卡路里。为了在总热量摄取至少15%的蛋白质,我们应该确保我们每天摄取45个蛋白,这是女性是以每天1500卡路里为基础。而对于男性,达到总热量的15%,至少需要摄取56个蛋白质以2000卡路里为基础。但是,如果您有肾脏的问题或其他的健康问题,而需要限制蛋白质的摄入量,记得要咨询您的医生或营养师的建议。以上是为正常人的蛋白摄取量。如果您有问题需要高蛋白质摄入量,可提高到20%的蛋白质,女性可摄取每天7个蛋白质,男性可以摄取9个至10个蛋白质。

因此,首先你应该学会如何估计为1个蛋白质的大小以确认需摄取多少的蛋白质。动物的1个蛋白等于1个火柴盒大小的(40克)鱼,鸡肉,牛肉,羊肉,猪肉或半只鸡腿,1个蛋白,2片切达奶酪,1块豆腐或1张半腐竹(30克)或1杯牛奶。建议在午餐或晚餐的主餐,至少食用一尾鱼(80克)或者瘦肉(80克)/ 2个蛋白/ 2块豆腐以达到每餐摄取2个蛋白质。这样女性就可在一天里摄取到足够的4个蛋白质。另1个蛋白质则鼓励食用4汤匙牛奶/一杯在早餐或临睡觉前,这样就可摄取到5个蛋白质。男性若要摄取达6个蛋白质,建议在每个午餐和晚餐都摄取3个蛋白质。  

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Korea instant noodles were recalled ...... again

Instant noodle products from South Korea are always our favorite. Many of us like it especially during cold weather. However, six products are recalled again from few countries include Taiwan and Malaysia. Apparently, the products are made by the company name Nongshim. It is believed that benzopyrene is found in these 6 products which is one of the cause substance for cancer. More information and test results will be announced soon but in the meantime, consumers must take attention on the following product.

neoguri noodles seafood and spicy

Neoguri seafood & mild noodles

Monday, October 15, 2012

Biscuit (Original vs Less Sweet)

When you are pushing a trolley in a market and pass through biscuit department, you might find a brand which offers a biscuit package but in 2 different types - Original and Less Sweet.

One of the example is "Chips more" by Kraft. According to the nutrition facts, it shows 2 pieces of original flavor chipsmore provide 110Kcal with 15.8g sugar (>3tsp) and 4.6g fat.  Whereas for less sweet. chipsmore provide 98Kcal with 6.5g sugar (>1tsp) and 4.3g fat. It show that less sweet product provide 50% lesser of sugar compare to its original. Thus, to prevent consuming much of sugar, less sweet should be a better choice compare its original.


I hope through more examples and advice, we as a consumer will choose food products wiser. TV ads maybe attractive, word of mouth maybe influential, but the true facts of the food won't lie.

Friday, October 5, 2012

A Selfless Father

I was thinking to post another product nutrition facts tonight. However, I would like to share a story happened today which is quite touching.

I followed up a diet of a kid (an anemia patient) today. His father was asking me recommendation about extra nutrition drinks for his son. As usual, I checked his son's report and recommended his father to buy a packet of milk for his son each day and buy milk powder for his son when he is discharged next week (I even showed the image of the product through my smartphone) which cost about RM1.60. I will take more samples for his son later after lunch even my sample is limited. "Okay, thank you. I will buy right away." he thanked me.

Around 2.30p.m. when I passed by the ward to pass his son the samples, I saw the kid holding a 1L bottle of milk (instead of just a packet milk as I suggested), and his father quickly stood up and asked me "Is this the correct product? I am thinking to buy a larger one but I only have RM5 today to spend". I was stunned right away. Totally speechless. The father continued sat beside the son (son is only able to speak native language), watching the person he loved most, and the bottle of milk means a lot to the wonderful bond the both have. The father doesn't read much words but he is a very polite guy, listening to the doctor or dietitian advice patiently, calm and strong (2 hours journey from their home to the hospital).

I slowly walked away from the ward, back to my office and had a little thought. My mind was blank as I was thinking if I can spare more food and resources to the patients that need most, unfortunately each person can only has limited resources. It was a heavy walk from my office to my car park after work. I hope the incident I faced today won't happen anymore with more care from our society. :(

P.S. The conversation is actually in Malay because he is 'Orang Asli'

Friday, September 21, 2012

Chocolate diet (cont)

In this post, there will be another 2 examples for chocolate products. The first one is a common biscuit found in hypermarket and second is a muffin from Kenny Rogers.

The famous chocolate biscuit is love by everyone especially during Chinese New Year or other celebrations. This sample shows that 7 pieces contains 13g of sugar which is equal to 2 ½ tsp of sugar. This sample is the smallest packaging from this brand that contains 2 small sachets in which each sachet supply 14 pieces.  Thus, imagine if you consume 1 small sachet which is equivalent to 14 pieces; you consume 280 Kcal, 4g saturated fat and 26g sugar (5tsp). 

As for chocolate muffin from Kenny Rogers, it is providing 225Kcal with 12.3g sugar (2 ½ tsp sugar) and 9.2g fat. Thus, a small chocolate muffin can serve you 15% of energy requirement in a day. If you take more than 2 pieces chocolate muffin  a day, you already take more than 30% energy uptake in a day which has yet included any main meal for that particular day. You can always access their website to get their meal nutrition facts. http://www.krr.com.my/v3/calories-calculator.php

There are many products which you can find. Try to go to the product website to find if any nutrition facts being publish and you definitely will learn more.