Do you know that the same amount of French Fries has less Calories than Rice or Pasta?
A new study shows that cutting back on salt may not be as beneficial for your heart as nutritionists once thought. While a diet low in salt can have a small effect on blood pressure, it increases the levels of cholesterol, fat and hormones in the blood that are known to increase the risk of heart disease.
or White Sugar?
White sugar is 99.9% sucrose, brown sugar is about 97% sucrose, 2% water and 1% other stuff (mostly molasses). Molasses can contain microscopic amounts of hundreds of vitamins and minerals - or harmless but scary-looking bacteria. Sucrose, our regular table sugar, is the combination of glucose and fructose. Each sugar has six carbon atoms, 12 hydrogen atoms and six oxygen atoms arranged into a rough circle, with the atoms arranged differently for each sugar. But the real differences between white and brown sugars are their colors. Everything else is based on the world's famous Placebo effect.
Get Fat with Fruits!
Our body burns the glucose immediately for energy. If glucose is not needed for energy immediately, then it is converted into glycogen in the liver or in the muscles. If the body has an excess of glucose, and all of the glycogen stores are full, the surplus glucose is converted to fat by the liver and stored as bodyfat around the body. The sugar of fruits, fruit juices, or any of the derivatives is known as fructose. Our muscles do not have the necessary enzymes to synthesize fructose into glycogen. Only the liver is able to convert fructose into liver glycogen. Once its stores are full, the liver is signaling the body to store glucose as glycogen or convert it to fat. In essence, fruit sugar is easily converted to fat. It would only take three 2.5 dl glasses of orange juice to fully replenish liver glycogen stores. After that, fructose is converted to fat and released back into the bloodstream to be stored as bodyfat. Therefore be careful: A fruit is a healthy food, full of nutrients, high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and itself low in fat and calories - but once in your body it can produce quite a lot of bodyfat!
Avoid Low Fat and/or Non Fat Yoghurts! The average low-fat fruit yogurt contains 17.9g of sugar in every 100g or 22.4g of sugar per pot. As you already know, your body transfers excessive amounts of sugar into bodyfat. Therefore: Low Fat and Non Fat Yoghurts can be the source of your overweight - as well as almost all other Low Fat or Non Fat products. Avoid them!
According to data analyzed by Harvard Researchers drinking between 5-6 cups of coffee a day cut the chances of men suffering from Type 2 Diabetes by 54% and cut the chances of women suffering from the same by 30%! Studies carried out by the Scottish Heart Healthy group show that men and women between the ages of 40 and 59 who drink large quantities of coffee were more likely to lower their chances of dying from heart disease. The anti-oxidants your coffee provides is also lowering the risk of suffering from Parkinson's Disease, the study showed, but the coffee must contain caffeine to be effective.
Laboratory tests by Mahidol University on 22 samples of orange juice found many contained dangerously high levels of sugar. The tests revealed some concentrated orange juice and orange-flavoured drinks contain 11 to 15 teaspoons of sugar per small bottle or pack, compared to about seven teaspoons per similar-sized can of carbonated drink. The Department of Medical Services recently reported that Thais consume excessive amounts of sugar, with an average of 20 teaspoons per person a day. The recommended health standard is no more than 10 teaspoons a day. An excessive intake of sugar can lead to increased a risk of many diseases, including high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. The lab tests also found that the juices contained less vitamin C than claimed on the label. The Foundation for Consumers said consumers should switch to fresh fruit, such as guava, for vitamin C intake. A 100g serving of fresh guava contains up to 230mg of vitamin C.
Do you know?
The same quantity of milk or fruit juice contains more sugar than an ordinary Coke!
Tasty Food in Pattaya
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Enjoy Pattaya News Flash
Cool Kitchen, located at the Car Park of the renovated Tops Supermarket on Pattaya's Central Road, is serving this Breakfast for 65 Baht.
Update July 8th 2013:You are right: It's the same restaurant that served the very same breakfast for 50 Baht until a few weeks ago! With the exception of Computers, Tablets and Smartphones nothing gets cheaper this days, not even in Pattaya...
This Breakfast: 95 Baht!
Schnitzel, Bratkartoffeln, Salad: 79 Baht!
The Fat Aunt is located on Naklua's Main Road, about 50 meters in front of the Soi Photisarn traffic lights, or just across Naklua's Blue Moon Bar (since August 2014 known as Lung Restaurant).
Tasty Food on Soi Photisarn (Naklua)
On Naklua's Soi Photisarn, across the entry to its Soi 12, you will find a noname restaurant preparing Steaks and Spaghetti starting from 49 Baht/each.
This tasty Bacon wrapped Steak with a few french fries, a small salad and some Barbecue Sauce costs 79 Baht. Spaghetti Carbonara costs 49 Baht. More on the menu card. The small restaurants opens almost daily at about 18:00.
Just at the entry to Soi 12, and just across the restaurant mentioned above you see this popular Noodle Shop. The lady prepares the tasty Kuy teav, her husband makes Khao Man Gai (rice with chicken and some soup).
The dishes cost about 35 Baht/each. Cheap but tasty. The venue opens almost daily at about 18:00.
Generous Uncle on Pattaya's 3rd Road
Generous Uncle is a small and clean street restaurant serving steaks starting from 39 Baht. The venue opens after 17:00 and is located across 3rd Road's Korat Bus Terminal - or just a few meters from Central Road.
Kiss Food and Drinks 2nd Road, North Pattaya, in front of J.J. Market
Kiss Food and Drinks 2nd Road, Central Pattaya, opposite Mike Shopping Mall
Kiss Food and Drinks 2nd Road, Jomtien, at the entry to Rompho Market
Since many years Kiss Food and Drinks is serving tasty Thai and Western food prepared in clean kitchen at very reasonable prices.
Kakadu Bar & Restaurant is located on Naklua's Soi 18, just about 50 meters from Naklua Road and across Leo's Blues Bar. You get healthy German and Swiss as well as Thai foods. With a lot of dishes you have a free choice of 5 different supplements, they even include Rösti, a Swiss speciality made from potatoes. Almost all dishes are served with a large salad, dressed with a real salad sauce - and not with a crazy salad cream! Züricher Geschnetzeltes or Beef Stroganoff, including salad and supplements costs you a lousy 150 Baht (170 Baht since November 2013).
Enjoy your English meal(s) on Soi Lengkee!
At Volare you get the real Pizza. Freshly-prepared and freshly-baked according to your taste. The crust is crispy and thin, as in Italy. Not the 'toast bred' ketchup pizza you get in other places. For a (really large) Mushroom and Ham Pizza I paid 225 Baht. A big difference to the deep-frozen pizza junk you get served in this city. Guests on the next table ordered steaks and macaroni, looked very tasy too. The restaurant is clean. It has a large pictured menu card written in several languages. Volare is located on Soi Buakhaow at the entry to Soi 15.
You prefer Som-Tam?
Located on Pattaya's 3rd Road, between North Road and Soi Photisarn, a new restaurant opened. It serves a very popular and tasty Som-Tam version: Som Tam Gai Yang. A spicy green papaya salad accompanied by sticky rice and grilled and marinaded chicken. A native dish of Northeast Thailand.
BBQ Ribs 49 BahtIf you like Pattaya's famous BBQ Ribs and can't wait for the next big market on Beach Road or at one of Pattaya's many Temples we recommend Soi Jirapol's BBQ Ribs booth. It is located just a few meters off Soi Buakhaow. Look out for the P.P. Massage sign on Soi Buakhaow and you can't miss the small restaurant.
Healthy Seafood: Think twice...
Why you like to eat Seafood? Because it's tasty, or because of its (probably) high content of Omega 3 acids - or simply because you think that seafood is healthy? Latest research on Seafood - as well as food from lakes and rivers - shows that it can be dangerous: The food is loaded with small, almost invisible, particles from microplastics. The fishes eat them with their daily intake. In the long term it makes them sik, and if you eat them, it will do the same with you. These microbeads are a common additive in soaps, toothpaste, shampoos, eyeliners, lip gloss, deodorant, sunblock sticks, facial scrubs and other personal cleaning products. The micro particles are made of Polyethylene (PE), Polypropylene (PP), Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and Nylon. Most of them are so small that they are slipping through water treatment plants and turning up by the tens of millions in the lakes, rivers and in the sea. These plastics degrade very slowly and become coated with poisons in the water like the cancer-causing chemicals known as PCBs. The plastic is working like a sponge. It can cause physical damage to the organism of any creature. It's not possible to skim the waters of the lakes to try to filter them out: Any attempt would scoop up plankton and other essential parts of the food chain. Micro plastics enter all kind of organisms e.g. fish, lobster, bivalves, oysters, sea cucumbers, zooplankton and thereby enter the food chain. Eventually this could also affect human health. Several companies already promised to phase out microbeads: Johnson & Johnson says it already has started. Unilever has pledged to eliminate microbeads by 2015. Procter & Gamble said it plans to stop using them no later than 2017. Therefore there is a chance that your grandchildren can start eat seafood again.
At least 25% of Pattaya's Drinking Water dispensers deliver contaminated water
The biggest problem is that owners of drinking machine are not maintaining or changing filters. They not even clean the machines.
The popular water-vending machines produce reverse osmosis water (R.O. water). The R.O. water purification method involves forcing water through a semi-permeable membrane, which filters out a select number of water contaminants, depending on the size of the contaminants. A good R.O. system can remove contaminants such as arsenic, nitrates, sodium, copper and lead, some organic chemicals, and the municipal additive fluoride. Many people believe that reverse osmosis water is the best drinking water. Nevertheless, health disadvantages outweigh the advantages: 1. The water is demineralized. Since most mineral particles (including sodium, calcium, magnesium, and iron) are larger than water molecules, they are removed by the semi-permeable membrane of the R.O. system. Even though you may find some contradictory information online about the health benefits of reverse osmosis water, drinking de-mineralized water is not healthy. The World Health Organization conducted a study that revealed some of the health risks associated with drinking demineralized water. Just a few of the risks include gastrointestinal problems, bone density issues, joint conditions, and cardiovascular disease. Removing the naturally occurring minerals also leaves the water tasteless. Many people thus have to add liquid minerals to their R.O. water to improve the taste. 2. The Osmosis drinking water is acidic. One of the primary reasons R.O. water is unhealthy is because removing the minerals makes the water acidic (often well below 7.0 pH). Drinking acidic water will not help maintain a healthy pH balance in the blood, which should be slightly alkaline. In the natural health and medical communities, acidosis in the body is considered an underlying cause of most degenerative diseases. In fact, in 1931, Dr. Otto Warburg won the Nobel Prize for discovering the cause of cancer. In essence, he said it was caused by a lack of cellular oxygenation due to acidosis in the body. Medical research has also determined that drinking acidic water (as well as other acidic beverages) will often cause a leaching of essential minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, from the body, especially from the bones and teeth, in order to neutralize the acidity. 3. Some critical contaminants are not removed. While reverse osmosis is effective for removing a variety of contaminants in water, it does NOT remove volatile organic chemical (VOCs), chlorine and chloramines, pharmaceuticals, and a host of other synthetic chemicals found in municipal water. Drinking Water sold in Thailand's shops, restaurants and bars is reverse osmosis treated water. There are only a few locally mineral water brands available in the Kingdom: Mineré, Aura, Mont Fleur, Purra (Singha), Muangnong Mineral Water, AQUARe Natural Spring Mineral Water and BigC Mineral Water.
Thailand's Obesity is Homemade
October 31st, 2013Thailand's Public Health Ministry claims that more than 3.5 million Thais are suffering from diabetes. Over the next eight years the number could rise to 4.7 million if there is no effective prevention. Almost 8'000 Thai people are dying each year from the disease.
Calories 'made in Thailand':
November 14th, 2013The Thai Pesticide Alert Network (Thai-PAN) and Thailand's consumer magazine Chaladsue report dangerous levels of pesticides in Thailand's vegetables. You not even can believe in nicely packaged vegetables bearing Safe and Quality logos. Read the story here.
To be continued
Do you know?
Foremost as well as Betagen are part of Germany's FrieslandCampina Thailand. The companies produce milk and spoonable or drinkable yoghurt mainly. The milk comes from local farmers and local cooperatives. Milk powder and evaporated milk are imported from the Netherlands among others places.
Dutch Mill Co., Ltd. is one of Thailand's largest manufacturers and marketers of dairy products. The company manufactures and distributes pasteurized dairy product under the trade names of Dutch Mill and Dutchie. 2008 Dutch Mill was part of the Chinese milk scandal. After discovering traces of melamine, the company stated they had to import milk from China because there was a shortage of supplies from New Zealand...
Mali and Orchid (Pure Creamery Butter) are the brand names of The Thai Dairy Industry Co., Ltd. It's a joint venture between Thai and Malaysian businessmen with the Australian Dairy Corporation.
Yakult is a probiotic dairy product made by fermenting a mixture of skimmed milk with a special strain of the bacterium Lactobacillus casei Shirota. It was created by Japanese scientist Minoru Shirota in 1935. 1971 the company started to produce its products for the local market in Thailand.
Lactasoy is a soymilk, a combination of soybeans, milkpowder and sugar. It was introduced in Thailand by Mr. Viriya Chiraphadhankul, formerly a successful producer of soft drinks.
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