Sunday, 28 May 2017

Fibre burns fats and turn sugars into energy

Fibre is the part of plant foods — vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, legumes, and seeds — that your body cannot digest.

There are two types of fibre: insoluble, which helps food pass through your digestive system, and soluble, which helps eliminate fat and lower cholesterol.

Thanks to soluble fibre, sugars enter your bloodstream at a slower rate, giving you a steady supply of energy. Soluble fibre turns to gel in the stomach and slows digestion, which helps lower cholesterol and blood glucose. This gel also binds fats with other nutrients so that they are not digested, or absorbed, into the body.

When you eat foods that lack fibre, your blood sugar can spike quickly. Then it crashes, causing hunger and overeating.

Food with high fibre

1. Sugarcane juice
One 250ml (8 ounce) of sugarcane has 13 grams  of dietary fibre per serving. Meaning, if you drink 500ml of sugarcane juice, your daily vaule of fibre maybe fully met.

2. 1 apple has 3.3g of fibre

3. 1 baked sweet potato with skin has 4.8g of fibre

4. 1 medium artichoke has 3g fibre

5. 1 cup of raspberries has 8g fibre

6. 1 cup of cooked black beans has 15g fibre

7. 1 cup of cooked peas has 8.8g of fibre

8. Half avocados has 6.7g of fibre

9. Chia seeds/tablespoon has 5.5g of fibre

10. 1 cup (250ml) of coconut water has 2.6g of fibre

Note: Different institutes recommend different amount of fibre per day, eg:
Men under 50 - 38g
Women unden 50 - 25g
Men over 50 - 30g
Women over 50 - 21g


Exceptional people: Pledge it forward with your income tax rebate

From left: Mr Nadim van der Ros, Ms Cheryl Chong and Miss Rebekah Lin

Mr Nadim van der Ros, Ms Cheryl Chong and Miss Rebekah Lin set up charity initiative for people to donate part of their personal income tax rebate to 51 pre-selected charities.

Launched yesterday, it is an initiative that enables individuals to pledge any amount of their personal income tax rebate towards their group of 51 pre-selected charities.

The funds raised will be disbursed equally by the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) to the 51 beneficiaries.

To make a donation, visit


Chocolate tied to decreased risk of irregular heart rhythm

Eating a small amount of chocolate every week or so may decrease the risk of a common and serious type of irregular heart rhythm, according to a new study of people in Denmark.

People who ate chocolate one to three times per month were about 10 percent less likely to be diagnosed with atrial fibrillation than those who ate the sweet treat less than once a month, researchers found.

"As part of a healthy diet, moderate intake of chocolate is a healthy snack choice," said lead author Elizabeth Mostofsky, of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

The study cannot say for certain that it was the chocolate that prevented atrial fibrillation, however.


'Spongy' grass jelly in online videos is 'real chin chow': AVA

“It is okay to chow on chin chow!” the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said, after two videos circulating online showed grass jelly that appeared “spongy”.

In a Facebook post, AVA said laboratory tests have been conducted on samples from the feedback providers and they “were found to be real chin chow”. AVA added that it also conducted an inspection at the manufacturing facility of the grass jelly and found it to be “satisfactorily maintained with no abnormalities in their manufacturing process.