The Health Guru

Facts, Hints, Tips, Advice and Inspiration on everything to do about health & weight loss.

Fruit with highest sugar content

Sugar in Fruit

Came across this article online that compares fruit head to head in relation to the amount of sugar it contains. Go strawberries! http://coach.nine.com.au/2016/08/30/07/53/fruits-with-the-highest-sugar-content/22

Nutrition Info: Calories in Xia Long Bao

Xia Long Bao (dumplings)

Yesterday my colleague was talking about the Winter Solstice celebration and her family tradition to come together to eat Tang Yuan (glutinous rice balls) and dumplings made by her mother.  This story sharing turned into hours of talk about dumplings – because I absolutely love dumplings.  And I’m sorry to say but you haven’t lived […]

Nutrition Info: Calories in Thai Vermicelli Noodle Salad (Thai Bun)

Thai Vermicelli Noodles

I enjoy the freshness of Thai food, but funnily enough I would rather eat Thai food anywhere else but in Thailand. I think so far I haven’t found the authentic Thai food and instead just the tourist traps.Thai and Vietnamese food is very similar.  They have a balance of flavours and typically incorporate salty, sweet […]

Nutrition Info: Calories in Maggi Chicken Noodles

Maggi Chicken Noodles

Instant Noodles are the snack that at one stage in our lives, most of us have turned to. I know for sure that as a struggling uni student with no money, instant noodles were one of the cheapest ‘meals’ on offer and I always had a stash available.  They are quick and easy to prepare, come […]

Eating instant noodles linked to heart disease, stroke and diabetes

Instant Noodles

Forget grabbing a pack of instant noodles when you’re on the fly — a study has found that people who eat lots of them have an increased risk of cardiometabolic syndrome, which makes you more likely to get heart disease, diabetes or stroke. Instant noodle consumption is particularly high amongst Asian populations, so the researchers […]

What 2000 Calories looks like…

I just watched this short film showing in pictures what 2000 calories looks like…  I thought it was pretty cool – click on the link below to take a look: What 2000 Calories looks like…

Nutrition Info: Mandarins

CNY Mandarins

    Chinese New Year is upon us again and I am always intrigued at the specials dishes or food which have a special meaning – they are often very auspicious, representing good luck, fortune, and health for those who enjoy them during the Lunar New Year!   One of the healthier options are the […]

How to find ‘hidden’ sugar on food labels

Read food labels carefully

  There are many different names for sugar. Two really ‘clever’ ways to disguise sugar in food labels is to use a long, scientific sounding word or to rename the sugar altogether. Ingredients Ending in -ose One of the easiest ways to recognize sugar in a food label is by recognizing the -ose suffix. When you […]

Nutrition Info: Calories in different types of sugar

How many calories are in 1 teaspoon of sugar?

Do you know what’s what about Sugar? Refined white sugar is pure crystallized sucrose. It can be produced from either sugar cane or sugar beets, but by the time it has been refined to a white crystal, the two are chemically identical. Brown sugar is simply refined white sugar with a bit of molasses added […]

Nutrition Info: Calories in Cupcakes

Delicious cupcake!

I have recently out of thin air developed an insatiable addiction to Cupcakes.   I have found the world’s best bakery (no exaggeration) that I daydream about attending during my work week and spend Friday night in excited anticipation to purchase some on Saturday. Sigh…….. So common sense just dawned on me to take a look […]

Nutrition Info: Calories in Tomatoes

Don’t let them fool you – tomatoes are actually a fruit.  They come in many shapes, varieties and colours – and if you can add them to your diet, can provide great health benefits for you. Calories in 1 Tomato: Medium size Energy: 22 calories Protein: 1.08g Carbs: 4.82g Fat: 0.20g Health Benefits: Antioxidant Benefits of […]

Nutrition Info: Calories in a boiled egg

I love eggs!  I find them nutritious, tasty and a great way to start the day (my usual breakfast is 2 boiled eggs and coffee) Calories in 1 boiled egg: Energy: 77 calories Protein: 6.26g Carbs: 0.56g Fat: 5.28g Eggs are an excellent source of protein (they contain 9 essential amino acids), are low in […]

Nutrition Info: Calories in Bibimbap

Bibimbap in Korean translates to “mixed rice” and is easily described as a bowl of warm white rice topped with vegetables (thin slices of cucumber, zucchini, mushrooms, spinach, sprouts , lettuce), egg (raw or fried), sliced meat (beef or chicken) , chilli and kimchi. One variation of this dish can be served in a hot […]

Nutrition Info: Pineapple Tarts

In Hokkien language dialect, the word pineapple resembles the word for prosperity, therefore you can see how auspicious these pastries are to eat at Chinese New Year.  Pineapple Tarts come in many shapes and forms – from the traditional round pastry bottom and lump of pineapple on top; or round pastry balls with pineapple on […]

Diet Detectives: What’s really inside your Egg McMuffin

This story came through to my email and I found it a really good read with lots of facts to consider. I felt slightly guilty because I had only ever looked at the calories in an Egg Mc Muffin and decided that at 300 calories they ‘weren’t soooo bad’.   So when the occasion called […]

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