Showing posts with label vegetables. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vegetables. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Sincere Words from the Founder of Alibaba, Jack Ma

Shared earlier on my FB post. After reading this, it really reminded me of what dr chen has always shared. Prevention is always better than cure. However, it's easier to be said than done. 

For us who already know the right way to protect good health, do share with friends and people around us so that they know how to prevent from the traumatic chronic diseases also!! Then we can save many families from having to live in depression because of chronic diseases that happen to one of the family members. 

A happy family starts from healthy family members. 

Have you started doing health prevention by eating right now? If not, please do so!

Best regards,

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

What is the best and safest food preservation method? What is Freeze-Drying?

FREEZE-DRYING - the best and safest food preservation for consumers

After learning more about freeze-drying, only I came to know there are so many benefits of freeze-dried food. I appreciate all the manufacturers in providing freeze-dried food for people. 

Freeze drying is a relatively recent method of preserving food. It involves freezing the food, then removing almost all the moisture in a vacuum chamber, and finally sealing the food in an airtight container. 

Freeze dried foods can be easily transported at normal temperatures, stored for a long period of time, and consumed with a minimum of preparation. Once prepared, freeze-dried foods have much the same look and taste as the original, natural products.

The freeze-drying process was developed during World War II as a method of preserving blood plasma for battlefield emergencies without requiring refrigeration or damaging the organic nature of the plasma. 

The technology was applied to consumer food products after the end of the war. Coffee was one of the first freeze-dried products to be marketed on a large scale. Today, many fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, and food flavorings are freeze-dried.

Freeze-drying has several advantages over other food preservation methods. 

  1. Frozen foods retain flesh flavor and nutritional values, BUT require uniform, low temperature storage. 
  2. Dehydrated and canned foods are shelf-stable, BUT high-temperature processing can degrade flavour, texture and nutritional content. 
  3. Freeze-drying combines the best of these processing methods. It preserves the WHOLESOMENESS, FRESHNESS, COLOR and AROMA similar to frozen food, while providing the shelf-stable convenience of canned or dehydrated food. 
  • Taste fresh. Freeze-driein virtually all their fresh-food taste and nutritional content. Freeze-drying removes the water, not the taste and flavour.
  • Look fresh. Freeze-dried foods maintain their WHOLESOMENESS, original shape, colour and texture, unlike dehydrated foods, which shrink and shrivel due to high-temperature processing. Freeze-drying removes water under low temperatures (typically a maximum of 100 to 130 degrees F), which keeps intact the moisture channels and food fibers. Just add water, and in minutes every fresh food detail returns.
  • Safer. Freeze-dried food is also relatively contamination-free since the dehydration process makes it virtually impossible for yeast and potentially harmful bacteria to survive.
  • Weigh less than fresh. Freeze-dried foods have 98% of their water removed. This reduces the food's weight by about 90%. 
  • Stay fresh. Freeze-dried foods can be stored at room temperature, without deterioration or spoilage. This is because freeze-drying and packaging remove both water and oxygen - the two primary causes of food deterioration. 

For more details about freeze-drying, refer below:
So, Why E.Excel food products are wholesome plant foods products - although appear in sachet forms?

Because they are FREEZE-DRIED food, hence can be kept longer without adding any preservatives and yet the wholesomeness, and nutritional values are maintained as that in original plant foods.

I value wholesome food personally, with freeze-dried food, it has further added value of convenience to me in getting healthy wholesome food.


Saturday, May 10, 2014

Parent Must Read: Shall my kid's tonsils get removed if keep having inflammation?

To all Parents, I think it's important to read the below about tonsils.


Tonsils. Oh, how we may come to miss them.
For much of the baby boomer set, losing them was a rite of childhood, with tonsils nipped out at the rate of a million or so procedures a year.

The trade-off for a few miserable days in the hospital and the unrequited promise of unlimited post-operative ice cream (we were usually too nauseous to eat much) was supposed to be fewer sore throats and ear aches, trips to the doctor and missed days of school.

These days, ear, nose and throat specialists perform about half as many tonsillectomies as they did in the 1950s and '60s to correct a broader range of problems in both children and adults, from sleep apnea to a rare type of kidney infection.

Various studies and reviews over the past few decades have collectively concluded that while the procedure may help certain individuals, most of its advantages, as far as infections go, seem to last only a couple of years.

Medical societies ranging from the Infectious Disease Society of America to the American Academy of Pediatrics have either concluded that removing tonsils, with or without the adenoids, does little or no good for things such as middle ear infections or should be considered only for extreme and frequent strep throat infections that can't be otherwise medicated.

More recently, the other tonsil shoe has been dropping in research that suggests some negative long-term side effects from losing the little organelles.

First, reports published in 2009 and again this year note that children who have their tonsils out, with or without adenoid removal, are at increased risk for obesity.

The researchers in both studies speculate that kids freed from the constant assault of sore throats may simply be more inclined to eat, or that frequent illness actually may impede growth and that children go into a growth spurt after the surgery. They also note that parents may tend to overfeed children who suddenly no longer are picky eaters.

Earlier this year, Swedish researchers reported that having tonsils or the appendix removed before age 20 slightly increased patients' risk for suffering a heart attack at a young age — by 44 percent for the tonsils and 33 percent for the appendix.

There was no apparent similar effect for losing the organs after that age, however.
The researchers, from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, note that both organs are part of the lymphoid system that supports the body's immune response.

They speculate that removing the organs may affect the immune system over the long term in a way that increases inflammatory damage to the heart and major arteries. But because the organs seem to have reduced function after adolescence, the study was limited to those who had surgery before age 20.

"Given the strong biological and epidemiological evidence linking inflammation with coronary heart disease, one might anticipate that surgical removal of the tonsils and appendix, with the consequent effects on immunity, might also have a long-term effect on heart disease," said Dr. Imre Janzsky, lead investigator, in a statement about the European Heart Journal report.

He also noted that because the study only looked at Swedes born between 1955 and 1970, the total number of heart attacks was small — only about 400 out of 7.5 million studied, but with a clear tilt toward those who had had appendectomies or tonsillectomies versus a control group.

Janzsky said it's likely that looking at people older than their 50s would show a similar or greater risk of heart disease from having had tonsils or appendix removed.

Check out other important immune organs in our body: 


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Parents Must Read: How and Why to Introduce Allergens to your Infants

Parents Must Read: 
In the last decade, prevailing beliefs about timing the introduction of highly allergenic foods to babies have undergone a sea change.
For decades, parents were advised to delay introducing allergenic foods until 12 months (cow's milk dairy), 24 months (eggs) or even 36 months of age (fish, tree nuts, peanuts). Then, in 2008, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) retracted its previous guidelines on the matter, acknowledging that there was insufficient evidence to support delayed introduction of allergens as a strategy to reduce the risk of food allergy. But beyond that, the organization did not offer specifics as to whether there was an ideal window during infancy to introduce these foods, nor did it comment on whether delaying introduction of foods might actually increase risk of developing food allergies.
As a result, pediatricians and parents have been in limbo since 2008, lacking clear guidelines as to whether early or delayed food introduction could help prevent babies from developing food allergies. As more observational research on solid food introduction and risk of food allergy became available, the body of evidence began to point in a relatively consistent direction: Early introduction of common food allergens seemed associated with a lower risk of developing food allergies compared to delayed introduction. Some pediatricians found these studies compelling enough to start advising parents to stop delaying the introduction of allergens past 12 months. But lacking sufficient evidence that met the "gold standard" of scientific research—randomized, controlled trials—other pediatricians continued to feel it was prudent to follow the delayed introduction approach until better evidence was available or official guidelines were issued.
This past January, however, the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology (AAAAI) released a new set of recommendations on infant feeding practices to help prevent food allergy. The recommendations are based on the available observational research to date, and are the first guidelines to state that delaying introduction of foods like wheat, cow's milk dairy, eggs, fish and nuts may actually result in an increased risk of food allergy or eczema.
The AAAAI recommendations state that once an infant over 4 months old has tolerated a few non-allergenic solid foods (think common early solids like rice cereal, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, carrots, bananas, apples or pears), parents can proceed with introducing other more allergenic foods without delay, ideally at home rather than in day care or a restaurant. As with introducing all new solids, only one new food should be introduced every three to five days to help isolate triggers of any allergic reaction.
Importantly, the guidelines also note that exclusive breast-feeding for at least four months may be protective against cow's milk allergy in infants. Lastly, they found no significant protective benefit against food allergy when mothers avoided allergenic foods like dairy, egg and peanuts during pregnancy or lactation.
Ultimately, how to introduce allergens is a personal decision you'll make in consultation with your pediatrician. If your infant already has eczema or signs of a food allergy—or if a sibling has a peanut allergy—your pediatrician may refer you to a pediatric allergist for testing and individualised guidance.
I've learnt this piece of information in fact from Dr Chen during one of her Live! With Dr Chen Chapters last year! Again, It's proven that we are always up to date with health information from Dr Chen's seminar! =)
Upcoming Dr Chen's Health Seminar on 13-April-14, click the below link for details:
Warm Regards, 

Where do Vitamin Supplements come from?

Where do vitamin supplements come from?

When people think of drugs, most think “artificial.” When people think of vitamin supplements, most think “natural.”

But both drugs and vitamin supplements can be artificial or natural. Many vitamin supplements produced today are artificial. Meanwhile, the world of “natural” isn’t all hopscotch tournaments and fairy dances. Poison hemlock, hallucinogenic mushrooms, rhubarb leaves and sprouted kidney beans are all natural – and potentially deadly.

There are six categories of nutrients used in the manufacturing of vitamin supplements.

1. Natural source

These include nutrients from vegetable, animal or mineral sources. But before making it into the supplement bottle, they undergo significant processing and refining. Examples include vitamin D from fish liver oils, vitamin E from vegetable oils, and natural beta-carotene.

When a vitamin is marked “natural”, it only has to include 10% of actual natural plant-derived ingredients. The other 90% could be synthetic.

For example:

2. Nature-identical synthetic

This includes nutrients completely manufactured in a lab with the molecular structure identical to the same nutrients occurring in nature. Manufacturers often prefer this process because of the cost and scarcity of natural resources. Most standard vitamin supplements on the market today are this type.

An example here would be vitamin C. Most vitamin C currently manufactured is synthetic, coming from China. Vitamin C is a weak acid. Many supplements use salt forms (sodium ascorbate, calcium ascorbate, magnesium ascorbate) to decrease acidity.

The most popular form of synthetic vitamin C is ascorbic acid. Naturally occurring vitamin C is the same molecule as synthetic ascorbic acid. But in food, ascorbic acid is found within the vitamin C complex among other compounds. The ascorbic acid in supplements is often derived from corn starch, corn sugar, or rice starch, and is chemically dependent upon volatile acids.

The method for vitamin C synthesis using two-step fermentation was developed by China in the 1960s:
Ascorbic acid production All About Where Vitamin Supplements Come FromAscorbic acid production. From: Vandamme EJ. Production of vitamins, coenzymes and related biochemicals by biotechnological processes. J Chem Tech Biotechnol 1992;53:313-327.

Another example:

3. Strictly synthetic

centrum bottle All About Where Vitamin Supplements Come FromCentrum is strictly synthetic

These nutrients are manufactured in a lab and are different than the same nutrients found in nature. Synthetic vitamins can have the same chemical constituents, but still have a different shape (optical activity).
This is important because some of the enzymes in the human body only work properly with a vitamin of the correct shape.When we give the body concentrated forms of synthetic nutrients, it doesn’t always appear to have an appropriate delivery system.
Starting materials for strictly synthetic supplements can be anything from coal tar to petroleum to acetylene gas. These supplements are made in facilities via chemical manipulations with the goal of duplicating the structure of the isolated vitamin. Specific formulas for the process aren’t made available to the public (sorry, I tried).
An example is vitamin B1. Coal tar is a widely used foundational substance for this vitamin — typically a crystalline yellow coal tar (yes, this means it’s from coal, a fossil fuel). Hydrochloric acid is often added to allow precipitation. Then fermentation, heating, cooling, and other steps are completed until a final synthetic vitamin is created. It’s then dried and tested for purity before being shipped to distributors.
Now, to get a natural vitamin B1 supplement the process is quite different.
The food or botanical containing the desired vitamin is harvested and cleaned (let’s say wheat germ). It’s then placed in a vat to be mixed with water and filtered to create an extract and remove fibre (unlike in whole foods, where you want fibre). The post-filtration extract of the sourced food contains the nutrients found in the original whole food. It’s then dried and ready for packaging.

4. Food cultured

New Chapter Organics every man 188x300 All About Where Vitamin Supplements Come FromExample of a “whole food” labeled supplement

This involves the same process behind cultured foods like yogurt, kefir, miso, and sauerkraut. Nutrient supplements are often grown in yeast or algae. Culturing in and of itself creates nutrients and can make them more bioavailable.
Raw materials (minerals and some synthetic nutrients) are added to yeast/algae suspensions where they concentrate within cells. The yeast/algae are then harvested, ruptured, and made into a vitamin supplement. The theory here is that yeast/algae contain the nutrients they’re fed in a whole food complex.
Sometimes food cultured vitamins are combined with synthetic vitamins to increase potency (i.e., to bump up the milligram/microgram count on the label), since most have a low potency on their own. Remember, counting the milligrams of a synthetic vitamin might not be comparable to what’s found in whole foods.

5. Food based

One kind of food based supplement is made by enzymatically reacting synthetic and natural vitamins with extracts containing vegetable proteins and then making this into a supplement. This is not food cultured, because the nutrients are not grown into a whole food, as in the yeast/algae suspensions.
Manufacturers don’t often use concentrates or extracts derived from whole food sources because of low nutrient potency, fluctuating nutrient levels, limited shelf life. Nutrients are easily degraded by heat, pH changes, light, and oxygen.
RadianceC Powder 180x300 All About Where Vitamin Supplements Come FromFood based form of vitamin C

6. Bacterial fermentation

This includes nutrients produced by genetically altering bacteria. Genetically altered bacteria can produce nutrient by-products.
Examples include CoQ10, amino acids, ergocalciferol (vitamin D2), menaquinone (vitamin K2), riboflavin (fermentation of ribose), cyancobalamin (vitamin B12; this is exclusively obtained via fermentation processes, as the naturally occurring source of B12 is bacterial metabolic activity, think animal tissues/meat carrying bacteria), and melatonin.
For instance, vitamin D2 is made by artificially irradiating fungus. It’s not a naturally occurring form of vitamin D. The starting material is ergosterol, a type of plant sterol derived from fungal cell membranes. Ergosterol is turned into viosterol by ultraviolet light, and then converted into ergocalciferol (vitamin D2).


What you should know about vitamin supplements?

Full scale vitamin production started during the 1930s with widespread distribution after World War II. Now, about 1/3 of Americans use vitamin supplements.

Nutrients from food?

Most people are interested in vitamin supplements because they fear they don’t enough nutrients from food.
This is a worthwhile concern: nutrients can be lost from soil due to fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, irrigation, farming practices, and other causes. The USDA has reported that the nutrient content of vegetables has fallen since 1973. Of thevitamins we do ingest from whole food, absorption can range from 20 to 98%.

Do vitamin supplements prevent disease?

A 2002 study in JAMA concluded that adults would be better off taking a multivitamin supplement each day. The authors didn’t specify synthetic or natural. Other reviews have concluded that beyond treatment of deficiency, vitamin supplements don’t promote health or prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Data indicates that vitamin supplements can actually lead to more cancer (specifically breast and prostate),cardiovascular disease, kidney damage (in those with diabetes), and fractures, while not helping prevent infections and sick days.
However, it’s important to remember that chances of certain chronic diseases can increase for those who are deficient in certain micronutrients.
The American Dietetic Association (ADA) recommends that the best nutritional strategy for optimal health and reducing the risk of chronic disease is to choose a wide variety of whole foods.

Other vitamin sources

Even if you aren’t popping vitamin supplements each day, if you consume fortified foods (think cereals, milks, breads, meal replacement shakes, etc.), it’s nearly impossible to avoid synthetic vitamins.
A report from the National Institutes of Health noted that individuals who consume high dose single nutrient supplements and fortified foods along with multivitamin/mineral supplements are at risk for undesirable effects.
Notice the synthetic vitamins added to Corn Flakes and Special K. Check out the ingredient listing.
Special K Corn Flakes nutrients All About Where Vitamin Supplements Come From
Added vitamins and minerals in Special K and Corn Flakes.


Hope thru the above information, we and our friends/ family can become a more well-informed consumers when we are choosing a supplement in the market.

We have to be aware and alert of the ingredients of the product we are getting as some ingredients may be a silent killer and harm our health unknowingly and bring side effects when we consume in the long term.

Choosing a right health food is also important. 

Wholesome plant food WITHOUT being fortified with any vitamin/ mineral supplements is of the most ideal choice to nourish our immune system. Don't load Our immune system with unwanted 'synthetic nutrition'.
We are what we eat. All of us taking health food in hope to get a better health thru convenience. So let's be wiser consumer!

Warm Regards, 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Recipe #1: Healthy Aromantic Macaron Recipe (English)

Healthy Aromantic Macaron Recipe 

Yields about 18-20 filled macarons 


90 g icing sugar - fine grade. Recommended brands: SIS, Redman 
90g Super Fine Ground Almonds
33 g Egg Whites
90 g Fine Sugar
2 Teaspoon water 
33 g egg whites


1. Sieve together icing sugar and almonds with 33 g egg whites into a bowl to form a dough.

2. Boil the sugar and water in a pan to 118 degC, soft ball stage. 

3. Whisk 33 g egg whites at medium speed till white. 

4. Pour hot syrup from step 2 onto egg whites in the mixer.  Continue to whisk till cooled. 

5. Fold the meringue into almond mixture. Fold the whole mixture a few times more if it is too firm. 

6. Pipe batter into rounds of approximately 3-4 cm in a diameter using 10mm plain nozzle. Tap tray on the table to flatten the batter. 

7. Close oven door. Continue to bake a further 6 mins till the top is crisp and hard. 

8. Cook. Sandwich 2 pieces of macarons with the fillings below and chill.

9. Best savoured after 24 hr of filling. 

Chocolate Filling:


80 g Dark Chocolate 
80 g Whip Cream 
3 packs Aromantic Powder 


1.  Mix dark chocolate with whip cream using steam cooking method. 

2. Pour 3 packs of Aromantic Powder and stir evenly.

Aromantic Powder

3. Cool it in the fridge for 20 minutes and take out to be ready as filling.

Happy Baking!! =)

Why I Choose Aromantic Powder?
  • To get healthier source of Calcium and Amino Acids
  • Read more:


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Must Attend: Live! With Dr Chen (Chapter 2)

Dr Jau-Fei Chen is coming to Singapore to give a second chapter (Live! with Dr Chen) @ Orchard Hotel on 13-April! 

Please see below for the details!

If you wish to learn the following health topics, please don't miss this Chapter as you will meet Dr Chen in person to listen to her sharing for the below topics!! 

1. People can live up to 120 years old. How does this number come from?

2. Everyday take vitamin pills, will a person live up to 120 years old?

3. Is Baby formula milk better than breast milk?

4. Is glucosamine pill helpful for joint pain? 

5. Where does the chondroitin sulphate come from?

6. Which plant foods can help self production of glucosamine in our body?

7. What is auto immune disease? Can it be under control using steroid or anti-inflammation medicine? Any side effects? Is there a better way to prevent?

8. Is bird nest really helpful in beauty maintenance? Including shark fin.

9. Is juicing good for health? Is it considered wholesome fruit?

10. What can we do if we are deprived from sleep?

11. Many advertisements tell about the effectiveness of collagen PDTs on skin. Issit true?

12. Many people said that taking too much rice (carbo) can cause more production of insulin. And Obesity is caused by insulin. Is there any linkage between insulin and obesity.

13. What is the right way to do healthy weight management?

Ticket price $15 come with a free door gift which worth back the ticket price! 

Anyone keen, please pm me. Thanks.

**To learn about the previous Live! With Dr Chen (Chapter 1), please click the below:


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Recipe # 1: Aromantic Macaron

Aromantic Macaron 


Happy baking day!! 

Why I choose Aromantic Powder?

  • Made of barley, pumpkin flower, bee pollen and pearl
  • Rich in amino acids, phytochemicals and calcium that are easily absorbed by the body

Why I Choose Aromantic Powder?
  • To get healthier source of Calcium and Amino Acids
  • Read more:


Sunday, March 23, 2014

A need to increase my efficiency

It's a total new experience of being parents. I realized that i have to enhance my efficiency in doing my stuffs! Else not enough time to finish my work!

After trying many ways to put baby Han to sleep, finally she slept well in the rocker. Phew! 

My husband then immediately started his gardening while I went to kitchen to clean up the dishes! 

Really have to thank my parents in law in their help also when sometimes attending to crying Han as it's not easy to calm her down! 

Yesterday went to toys'rus and got her a new toy!


GROW WITH ME MOBILE (Fisher Price) at discounted price $49.90 (original price $69.90) 

She seems to enjoy the new toy, stretched her hands trying to reach the animals on the mobile. I started introducing her new animals too! :D 

It's rewarding when seeing her smiling happily! 

Fisher Price seems to have many exciting toys and tips for babies at certain age. 
I find its website quite helpful to learn about what play and learn activities I can do for my baby at age of 3 months! 

Do drop me comments for any other toy recommendation reference for baby at certain age also if you know! Thanks =) 


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Asian Digital Mum

I was invited to attend The Asian Digital Mum Report Press Conference 2014 (held by the Asian Parent) yesterday.

The Asian Parent has a good website which shares a lot of parenting information. If you wish to learn more about kids' behaviour, pregnancy, parenting tips etc, it's a good website to browse around.

Back to the Press Conference. Wow! It was a insightful event to learn how mothers getting more digital nowadays! Made friends with a few mummies who work as professionals also! A great morning to start off the day!! 

Four Digital mums who have been very successful were being interviewed on stage. With the social media and Internet, it has helped many mummies turned many impossibilities to possibilities! 

When one lady turned to mummy, her life routine and preference and priority have changed.

Many have feedback that they don't have time to read newspaper or magazines anymore. Hence relying on smart phone becomes a norm to get the information in the quickest way. 

Some choose to quit their jobs or take up less hectic job to take care of their home sweet home when baby arrives.  

Mummies are always the greatest one!!! Salute to all mummies for their sacrifices!!

If we mummies can run their own business with time flexibility and still make a good passive income, i think this will be a good option for us to own both family and career together. 

I feel blessed that I am currently running my own Healthy Fast Food franchise business. It indeed gives me much time flexibility to take care of my baby girl while still making good passive income. It also makes my life more meaningful being able to help more people. =)