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Sucralose – The Knight in Shiny Sweetener Armour

Sucralose is a zero-calorie artificial sweetener (aka Splenda), is also known under the E number (additive code) E955 and is approximately 600 times as sweet as sucrose (table sugar).  It plays an important role in weight loss products, to reduce calories in sweet food and beverages and also helps people with diabetes with their glucose intake. Sucralose was […]

Nutrition Info: Mamee Monster Noodle Snack

Mamee Monster Noodle Snack

I think you have all seen this product around and can even sing the jingle:  “Mamee Monster Noodle Snack – Crunch it, Shake it, Munch it!” Some background information on his monster noodle snack (媽咪麵) is that it’s manufactured in Malaysia by the snack food company – Mamee Double-Decker Berhad. Mamee monster snacks are very […]

Choose a healthy spread for your bread


Eating healthy is not always as simple as it seems.  I am a big believer in preparing your meals at home so you have a better chance of controlling your portions, calories and fatty ingredients that you put into your meals.  Often the flavours that we add to our meals plays a massive importance in […]

Your best-friend for a buffet!

For FB

Attention: The is dedicated to all the prescription pills online carb and fat lovers out there! We can’t escape or avoid the fact that eating is a social event. There are simply just times when it’s impossible to be good and close your eyes to the mountain of food in front of …

Nutrition Information: Wonton Soup

Wonton Soup

  ‘Wonton’ is a word transcribed from Cantonese. In mandarin, it is called 馄饨 (pronounced as “hoon toon”) which simply means irregularly shaped dumpling. The other more simplified name is 云吞 (pronounced as “yun toon”), directly translates to cloud swallow. Either way, they all mean tiny dumplings! The wonton skins or wrappers can be made […]

Question: Will I gain energy and many calories if I have bananas as breakfast?


I was recently asked from a Health Guru reader – Will I gain energy and many calories if I have bananas as breakfast? Here’s my response: Bananas are a great source of energy to give you that immediate energy boost. Research has proven that just two bananas provides sufficient energy for a strenuous 90 minute work […]

Are Supplements necessary?

I was recently asked how I feel about supplements!  Not completely knowing what situation the request was relating to, I thought I’d keep my answer broad.  I’d also like to point out that this blog entry is my personal opinion only – if you currently have a medical condition please always follow your doctors advice. […]

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: There are […]

The Winners are announced!

2010 Singapore Blog Awards

  After months of blogging, rallying, voting, shout outs, forums, track backs, tweets and updates the winners of the 2010 Singapore Blog Awards were announced on Saturday. There was dancing, singing, costumes, fashion parades, games of bloggo (bingo), prizes, give-aways, interviews, speeches, celebrities, lots of food, drinks and great company and that’s before any winners […]

Singapore Dragon Boat Festival – 800m

Winning by at least a boat length

The Aussies win GOLD!  Last weekend was spent paddling at the Singapore Dragon Boat Festival at Bedok Reservoir. The Aussies had an outstanding weekend beating personal best times and retaining the prestigious winning cup in the Expat Final. Here is our score card: GOLD!!  in the “Expat Race” by a whopping 11 cheap Acomplia seconds. […]

What is Lactic Acid?

Cellular Respiration

Ever notice that when you run, you can breathe easily initially and then you get more and more out of breath and start to breathe faster trying to gasp for more oxygen. Your legs starts to burn and they feel heavier with each step. Finally, it hurts so bad and you feel totally out of breath […]

Chilli linked to weight loss and fat burning

Capsaicin, the compound in red chilli that gives it heat has been shown to alter protein levels in the body that boost fat burning. Previous research done on this compound reported that Capsaicin boosts heat generation which enables people to use more stored energy.  Another study found that Capsaicin inhibits the growth of fat cells […]

Nutrition Info: Oyster Mee Sua


Oyster Mee Sua is a famous must-try Taiwanese snack from the Shilin night market on par with the popular Taiwan bubble tea.  Taiwanese called it as O-Ah-Mi-Sua It is salted wheat flour vermicelli covered in a layer of thick starchy broth to give it a smooth slippery texture, with oysters, shredded chicken meat, topped with […]

Aspartame: The Sweet Poison


I was recently asked about negative / zero calorie foods.  Is it possible for Coke Zero/Light, Pepsi Light to consist of “0” calories? And my answer is – Yes this is possible – with the use of an artificial sweetener.  That means an ingredient added to a food product that tastes sweet but contains little […]

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