The Health Guru

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Nutrition Info: Okra

Okra also know as "Lady Finger"Okra, also known as “lady finger” or “gumbo”, is a highly nutritious green edible pod vegetable. It is related to the mallow family and grows in tropical and warm regions around the world. The dark green fibrous pods are about 10 – 15cm and look like fingers (hence the nickname lady finger). Inside the …Read [...]

Nutrition Info: Kiwi Fruit

Kiwi FruitKiwi Fruit – Not just another hairy ordinary fruit! ‘Kiwi’ is name of the native bird in New Zealand and also this fruit – however it’s actual scientific names are: Actinidia chinenesis (Gold Kiwifruit), Actinidia deliciosa (Green Kiwifruit). It was first discovered in China and known as Yang Tao (Sunny Peach) or Mihou …Read more [...]

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 SnackI 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

Spread_The_Bread_150Eating 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 [...]

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?

BananaI 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 [...]

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 [...]

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

File-1Oyster 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

aspartameI 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 [...]

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

Cherries  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 [...]

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 [...]

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    • Cheryl : hi there, could you provide more information on the calories for some common snacks in singapore? like those in bakeries and so on. thank you!
    • Bellalin : I have been gaining on lots of weights since my 2nd boy was born. From 50kg to now 70kg. Been doing aerobic workout 5x a wk n I don't snack but still I m putting on weights slowly but surely. Now I just started on pills n counting calories to see if it helping. Any other advices as to how I can loose weight fast cause I look terrible now
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    • Guest_1813 : Hi,I've gained almost 10kg in less than 6 mths...I m gonna start to diet and get back my previous weight. I off work very late everynite. If I take only a cup of Milo added with Quaker oats, is that ok or it is too sweet for a late dinner?
    • yv : In your post on boiled egg calories, you mentioned taking 2 hard boiled eggs everyday, Will that be too much for cholesterol?
    • shawna : ive lost close to 10kg now after almost 4 months of clean eating (with some cheats inbetween) and im looking at losing the last 5kg. ive been stuck at 51kg for a month now.. any ways? please help! :)
    • Guest_3429 : This site has great amount of information about the macros and calories for local foods. I am a food lover and an active person as well. I'm currently gaining weight at 2700 calories a day since I'm bulking up slowly and steadily. This site has enabled me to hit my macronutrient targets and caloric targets for the day easily, if I was to eat out. Thank you so much!
    • pauline : hihi ty for posting all the useful tips. May I know how much calories does tom yam soup/tom yam soup with kway tiao contain? tyvm
    • Health Guru : @Guest_1856: Use the search box in my blog for "How to recognize food that's going to make you gain weight". It might help you.
    • Guest_1856 : How do I know the difference between a healthy dish and an unhealthy dish if the unhealthy dish appears healthy to me
    • Guest_3250 : Hi health guru, I'm craving for a Old Chang Kee Curry Puff, do u know the calories difference in its potato or sardine version?
    • Charith : This is a very useful blog. I even share this in my FB for others as well.. Thumbs up to Natalie..
    • Wrong macros on ho : You should review your nutrition info for horlicks. The ones sold at local supermarkets, aka 'Horlicks Original' contains 103cal,21Carb,0. 8Fat,2.5Protein for 1 tbsp only.
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    • LD : May i ask.. How many calories at koi black machiato sugar level 0 or 25percent?
    • Guest_2156 : Hi. Wat do u think of th intermittent fasting diets in vogue eg. 2day fast/5day unrestricted? Thx.
    • Cheryl : Hi! Can I ask if the calories for the sliced fish soup includes the soup?;) and how many calories are there in one bowl of rice served in hawker? ;)
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    • Guest_2497 : Hi Health Guru, can you extimate how much calories are there in korean cruisins such as bibimbap. I went online to search and several sources states that it can go as high as 600 calories. How is that possible when the main ingrediants is just raw vegetables, a fried egg and chichken? I would really appreciate it. Thanks!
    • Guest_3654 : Hi! Can you provide a rough idea how much calories are there in Ribbon Biscuits (fried Chinese snacks)?
    • Guest_143 : Hi Natalie! Could you possibly help find out the calories of a few good choices for some dining out restaurants? Like maybe marche, da paulo etc. Thanks! :)
    • Guest_1926 : Can u write up on the comparisons of various noodles.. Healthy vs non healthy types, tks
    • Guest_1603 : Hi may I know why your daily recommended calorie intake for woman is around 1200Kcal? I was watching a show called "supersize vs superskinny" and they conclude that the daily intake should be 2000Kcal
    • Guest_2739 : Hi, just wondering if anyone knows the amount of calories in our local fresh cream cakes, like those from prima deli?:)
    • Guest_3170 : Whats the nutrients facts for capsicum?
    • Guest_1898 : Hi Natelie, calories indicated here are in the unit of kcal correct?
    • Guest_3607 : And bakerzin as well if possible:)
    • Guest_3607 : Could you please help find out calories in the pizzas, cakes, pasta and salads from da paolo gastronomia? Tyvm!
    • Guest_3712 : Is sandwichor omelette from han's healthy?
    • Guest_4520 : as in calories:P
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    • anonymous : helloo please help find out calories in golf ball sized pineapple tarts and beancurd tarts from le cafe
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