22 Foods That We Should Avoid

Are You Eating These?

1. Oyster Sauce
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A thick, rich brown southern Chinese condiment, flavoured with layers of oysters. It is a pungent and fermented mixture that adds a distinctive flavour to dishes.

The bad: It contains salt, corn syrup, caramel, and MSG. Its high salt content is a cause of hypertension and other heart related diseases.

 

 

 

2. Sugar
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The bad: Sugar consumption is directly linked to obesity and diabetes, as well as other chronic diseases common in Singaporeans. So watch the amount of sugar in your food.

 

 

 

3. French Fries
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Similar to potato chips, french fries contains acrylamide which is created when amino acids in potatoes are heated 120°C (250 °F) or higher. Not to mention the added calories when using dipping sauces, yikes!

 

 

 

4. Doughnuts
doughnutsNot only often cooked in oil that has probably been heated more than once, they are mostly made out of sugar and fat.

One doughnut could cost you 350 calories, possibly a whole meal in itself.

 

 

 

5. Candy
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Candy is mainly composed of sugar and high level of saturated fat which can lead to heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

 

 

 

6. Processed Meats
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Containing high levels of fats and nitrites which can to cardiovascular disease. It has been classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a carcinogen, alongside plutonium and alcohol. It’s best to stay away.

 

 

 

6a. Ham
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The combination of high sodium and nitrites content is a dangerous combination for your health which can lead to various illnesses!

 

 

 

6b. Bacon
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The high level of saturated fats increases the risk of heart disease.

 

 

 

6c. Sausages
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Sausages are usually made from ‘leftovers’ of various meats (pork, chicken, beef) which is mainly made up of fat and salt! They also contain nitrites.

 

 

 

7. Prepared Food
frozen-food-1336013_960_720Prepared meals in the frozen section contains high level of sodium and fat. A healthier alternative is to prepare them yourself!

*Frozen fruits and veggies could be a good alternative if you’re short on time. They are as healthy, if not possibly more nutritious as they are frozen at the source.

 

 

 

8. Cereal Bars
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They sound healthy but most cereal bars are full of sugar and fat, mainly in the form of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) so be sure to read the ingredients carefully.

 

 

 

9. Artificial Sugars
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Although not containing any calories, artificial sugars such as sucralose, aspartame, and neotame can lead to cardiovascular disease or prediabetes.

 

 

 

10. Soft Drinks
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Other than sugar, soft drinks contain caffeine, which can lead to high blood pressure and heart problems, and phosphoric acid, which can cause bone disease.

 

 

 

11. Muffins
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They may look pretty and may contain healthy ingredients like fruits, whole flour, or nuts but they pack a chunk of calories with very little nutritional value.

 

 

 

12. Jam

Some jams contain sodium benzoate, which is linked to cancer. Avoid jams that contain added sodium benzoate. Oh, most jams are smothered with sugar, so remember to read the labels!

 

 

 

13. White Bread

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Having made from refined flour, white sandwich bread is extremely low in fibre and protein and has an extremely high glycemic index. Which is bad for your blood sugar levels.

 

 

 

14. Whipped Cream
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Usually whipped cream is made out of water and hydrogenated oil, which could lead to cardiovascular diseases. It’s better to whip your own cream!

 

 

 

15. Potato Chips
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Chips contain high levels of acrylamide which is carcinogenic, and not to mention their high fat content.

 

 

 

16. Corn Syrup

Corn syrup, as known as glucose syrup, contributes to diseases such as type 2 diabetes and obesity.

 

 

 

17. Breakfast Cereals
cerealThe usual breakfast cereal not only contains high amounts of sugar, they are also low in fibre and proteins. Do check the nutritional label before purchasing!

It is also good to note their serving sizes as most of us tend to have more than one serving size at one go.

 

 

 

18. Canned Soup
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Most canned soups contain high levels of sodium, so always check the nutrition label before making a purchase.

 

 

 

19. Rice Cakes
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They may seem like a harmless snack but they have quite a high glycemic index.

 

 

 

20. Fruit Juice
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They may contain vitamins and antioxidants, but fruit juices are packed with sugar content identical to that of sugary drinks.

 

 

 

21. Grilled Meat
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The charring of meat causes carcinogenic elements to be released when cooking. It also increases the risk of developing prostate and pancreatic cancer when consuming grilled meat.

 

 

 

22. Canned Tomatoes

The inner coating on food cans which contains Bisphenol A (BPA) may seep into the tomatoes due to the acidity of the contents. BPA may increase the risk of cancer or heart disease.

 

 

Do you know of anymore foods to avoid? Let us know in the comments section! Remember to follow us on Facebook for more updates!

 

Reference:

BBC.com

Cancer.org

Why Not Go Healthy This Valentine’s Day?

From Breakfast In Bed To Late Night Desserts!

What comes to our minds other than love when Valentine’s Day is mentioned? It might be the romantic dinner date and personalized gifts that you got planned this Valentine’s season, but little comes to our minds when taking into consideration the nutrients involved! The unnecessary sugars and excessive oil can be prevented by preparing the meals yourself! This Valentine’s season, why not make your loved ones something delicious that won’t lead to a bloated stomach.

From breakfast in bed to late night desserts, here are 3 ideas to make at your very own kitchen to have a healthier Valentine’s:

 

1. Valentine’s Day Egg in the Basket

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Photo: Carey / Reclaiming Provincial

Start your day off with a Valentine’s day themed toast! Plus an egg starts the day with six grams of filling protein. Use heart-healthy olive oil and whole grain bread to boost the benefits.

2. Apple Sage Chicken Meatloaf + Mashed Cauliflower

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Photo: Vitamin-Sunshine

Here’s a main course to show off your cooking skills by preparing this dish for your loved one! The unique burst of flavour is sure to impress!

3. Pear Cookie Crisps

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Photo: healthynibblesandbits

It is time to end your day, escaping the bustling city into somewhere quiet to enjoy quality time with one another. What better way to have some gluten-free homemade desserts that is sweet, light, and doesn’t leaden your stomachs!

 

Have you got more ideas? Share it with us in the comments section!

CNY Snacks: Harmful or Nutritious?

Watch out for how much you eat!

Happy year of the rooster everyone! Chinese New Year is no stranger and we are going to get right down to business. FOOD.

Now every year almost every post is going to be about food reviews and counting calories, this year we are going to focus on the nutrients in your food. No matter how “bad” some foods are, they are only so because of the prevalence of overeating. Food is fuel to our bodies. Just as ESSO has Supreme+, Shell has V-power Nitro+ and Caltex has Techron, we have “Superfoods” that can power our bodies!

 

1. Pineapple tarts

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Main ingredients are Pineapple filling, butter and flour. Focusing on the pineapple, it contains a relatively high amount of vitamin C, as well as manganese, potassium, calcium and iron. Pineapple itself is rich in fibre and can help relieve and prevent constipation. Bromelian compounds found in pineapples are a good enzyme, commonly used in the food industries, pharmacology and medicine. Some research has been found to effectively help treat sore throat, pains and respiratory conditions.

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Healthier alternative: Healthy Homemade Pineapple Tarts

 

*Disclaimer: the pineapple jam contains less vitamin C and bromelain compounds compared to fresh pineapple.

 

2. Bak kwa

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Did you know 1 slice of Bak Kwa has more carbohydrates than proteins? That’s because of all the sugars that are added during cooking. 1 slice provides roughly 230 calories with 15g of protein and 8g of fat

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Main ingredient: Minced meat! Meat is an excellent source of protein which is essential for building muscle and our body structure. Protein is the building block of the bodty and it is recommended that we should consume 0.8-1.0g protein per kg of body weight. That means if you are 60kg, you should consume roughly 48-60g of protein daily. Athletes and youth tend to require higher protein intakes.

 

3. Melon seeds

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Traditionally dyed red during the festive season, these seeds have multiple meanings as the red signifies happiness and the seeds represent hope and potential. Melon seeds are probably one of the healthiest CNY snacks around. 100g of these seeds have 7g of protein and are high in vitamins and minerals, they can have a high sodium content so watch out as you munch them!

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A good thing though, opening these seeds can be more tedious and helps you pace your snacking well, making you less likely to overeat.

 

4. Mandarin oranges

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This tops the list for healthiest CNY snack!! Mandarin oranges are pack
ed with vitamin C and tons of fibre as well as antioxidants which are protective against cancer and anti inflammation. Consuming citrus fruits, and other fruits in general, have been strongly associated with a decrease in incidence for heart disease. The peeling of the fruits also help in regulating the snacking rates when visiting door to door! Besides their nutritional value, mandarin oranges are said to be tokens of happiness and abundance, a symbol of wealth and prosperity.

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A word of caution: All chinese new year snacks tend to be very calorie dense and high in fat. Bearing in mind their high caloric content, they should be eaten in moderation. Mindless snacking can add up to an extra 1000-2000 calories per day, that’s like another 2 full meals :O

 

Food is your friend, not your enemy.

 

 

Sources from
*tnp. CNY calorie count: 3 slices of bak kwa = 7 bowls of rice
*herworldplus. Diet Guide for 13 Popular Chinese New Year Snacks

 

*The information on foodcaption is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. If you need any medical advice, please consult the medical professionals.

*CalorieKing
- Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. These values are recommended by a government body. They are not foodcaption recommendations.
- Based on a 35 year old female who is 170cm and weighs 65kg.