The Health Guru

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Bubble Tea – Carcinogenic and choking hazard???

One of the latest news stories circulating by German authorities and researchers claims that Taiwanese drink bubble tea presents a choking hazard to children and may contain cancer-causing chemicals. The warnings come as bubble tea has entered the market there as a trendy dessert beverage.  After analyzing the tapioca balls which make up the ‘bubbles’ […]

How much sugar is there in your food and drinks?

Calories in Drinks

The true fact is the only fluid that we need to drink to keep us alive is water.  Anything else is taken out of habit, addiction or to provide the body with some type of satisfaction (sugar, bubbles etc) Drinks other than water are a hidden source of calories and sugar.  As shown in the […]

Nutrition Info: Calories in Horlicks Malted Milk

Horlicks is the branded name of a malted milk drink that is marketed to promote sleep (although how it does this is not truly known!).  There are 3 versions of Horlicks:  Original (that is mixed with milk) and Horlicks Light and Horlicks Light Malt Chocolate which are both made by mixing with hot water. Nutrition […]

Nutrition info: Calories in Ovaltine

OvaltineOvaltine is a branded milk drink that comes in chocolate and malt flavours.  The original name was “Ovomaltine” however due to a spelling error on the trademark registration when being imported to Britain in 1909, it was accidentally renamed in most countries (except in Europe) Able to be drunk warm or cold – the company website […]

Nutrition Info: Calories in Milo

Originating from Sydney, Australia, however now sold around the world – Milo is a popular chocolate and malt powder that is mixed with water or milk to produce a delicious sweet beverage. It’s reported that the name Milo is derived from the famous greek athlete (Milo of Crotona) after his legendary strength! Milo can be […]

Nutrition Information: Milk (Condensed, Evaporated, Coconut, Soy, Whole)

Here is guide to the best types of milk you can choose when given the choice.  Enjoy! What is Condensed Milk: Condensed milk is a highly shelf-stable milk product made by evaporating much of the water from milk to create a thick, syrupy liquid, and adding sugar to it before canning in a sterilized can. Condensed […]

Coca-cola and pepsi banned from using cancer causing ingredients in artificial colours

Coke and Pepsi whom account for more than 90% of the US soft drink market are changing the way they manufacture their drinks after the FDA banned the use of a carcinogenic ingredient used to make artificial brown caramel colouring. In February a California law has mandated that drinks containing certain levels of carcinogens must […]

I survived Febfast!

Well I made it… 29 booze free days in February.  I must admit, there were some tough days, I may or may not have craved beer for breakfast on the last saturday – but I stayed strong and not a drop of alcohol passed my lips.  I even managed to easily stay sober at networking […]

Calories in Alcohol – Estimate how many you drink.

If you are a Health Guru fan you’ll know that this month I’m ‘Febfasting’ – no drinking for the whole month of Feb.  I’m past the halfway mark now, and so far so good.  I must admit, there’s been some tough days where drinking a nice ice cold beer would have been fantastic, but I’m […]

Alcohol Calculator – How much money do you spend?

    Click on the image in the this blog entry to take you to a resourceful website where among many things – you can calculate how much money you spend on alcohol every week, month and year!  It’s kinda scary….

Nutrition Information: Super Soy Beans

Soy Beans

  Soy Bean or Soya Bean refer to the exact same thing! The beans are native to East Asia and belong to the Legumes/ oilseed family and grow on plants. The beans are harvested, de-hulled, ground and cooked before pressed to produce soy milk. You can check out this link for DIY version:  http://www.soya.be/how-to-make-soy-milk.php There are […]

Nutrition Info: Bubble Tea

Bubble Tea

  Bubble Tea originated in Taiwan in the early 1980’s at a small tea stand. In a unique marketing ploy, one vendor added different fruit flavouring to their tea which provided a sweet and cool taste that became very popular.  When this flavour was added and shaken to mix through, bubbles formed in the drink, […]


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