The Health Guru

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

How healthy is oven baked chicken?

Home cooked oven baked chicken

  The way in which we cook, prepare and season our food is an important factor to consider when managing your weight and trying to stay healthy. Obviously anything that is deep fried, stir fried, shallow fried, wrapped in pastry, smothered in sauces and gravies is going to be much higher in calories, fat and […]

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, […]

Anthocyanins may help fight Diabetes


  Anthocyanins are a class of plant pigment known as flavanoids and produce red, pink, violet and magenta colors in various plants, fruits and vegetables including blueberries, purple cabbage and cherries. They are potent antioxidants and contain highly active chemicals that have been shown to provide protection against heart disease and cancer.   Recent research […]

Choosing the healthiest rice – Glycemic Index

Types of rice

  And so the debate begins.  What’s healthiest? White rice.  Brown rice.  Long-grain rice.  Medium-grain rice.  Short-grain rice.  Basmati rice.  Thai Jasmine Rice.  Sweet rice. Fragrant Rice. Arborio Rice.  Isn’t rice just rice?  The simple answer is no. The nutrition content and impact on the body can vary greatly depending on the type of rice you […]

Is Brown Rice really better than White Rice?

Is Brown Rice or White Rice better?

  A new study in the United States has linked eating white rice with an increased risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.   Harvard School of Public Health examined data from over 197,000 adults for up to 22 years and found that people who ate at least 5 servings of white rice per week had […]

Disgusting – How chicken nuggets are made

I will NEVER eat chicken nuggets ever again…. Jamie cooking Chicken Nuggets Take a look at this short video from Jamie Oliver on how Chicken Nuggets are made. The unhealthy cuts of chicken that are used, the filling and bulking agents, artificial colours, flavours and preservatives that make up the recipe are eye opening. And […]

Jamie Oliver – helping to fight Obesity with diet change

Jamie Oliver\’s TED prize speech Jamie Oliver is a british chef that is pushing for change concerning obesity and it’s related illnesses.  Personally, he is one of my hero’s for the attention he is bringing to obesity, bringing awareness back to healthy eating, cooking at home and providing children with the best possible start to […]

You are what you eat: The Singaporean Diet

Daily Makan

The saying is true that ‘You are what you eat’.  I recently analysed a typical Singaporean diet to see the impact of the types of food being consumed and it’s impact on health concerns. This is a sample of what I conclude as typical daily makan in Singapore: It was not surprising to find that […]

Interview for 2010 Singapore Blog Awards!


As part of the 2010 Singapore Blog Awards the top 10 finalists have been asked to provide answers to a few questions for their supporters to learn more about them.  I thought I’d post my responses for you.  Remember to click on the link and vote daily! Q1.       Tell us about yourself in 50 words. […]

Nutrition Info: Red and Green Bean Soup

Red Bean Soup

Traditional Chinese Medicine properties are of course engrained into asian culture.  It’s an amazing concept that balances energy pathways of the body with a large importance placed on herbs, supplements, food and drink consumed for their heating or cooling effects of the body and more importantly to promote health. Two heating and cooling foods used […]

Nutrition Info: Yong Tau Foo

Some of the items to choose from

One of the most healthiest eating options you can find in a Singapore Food court is Yong Tau Foo.  Essentially it is a clear soup containing a variety of food. It’s particularly healthy as you have the option to choose the food and vegetables that are put in (kind of a-la-carte), the clear soup is […]

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