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The West is wising up the healthy eating habits and is drawing up legislation to insist that processed foods come with labels that reveal their nutritional content. What about us?
Gone are the days when we ate just to fill our stomachs. Now, not only do we choose our foods based on whether they provide energy and nutrients, we also look for new components like phytoestrogens, probiotics and flavonoids. THE SHIAO EEK dives into the world of functional foods.
Evidence of the health benefits of some foods and supplements is now well established but consumers should be well-informed, and exercise caution and moderation when using such products.
THESE days, when people hear the words 'saturated fat', they jump in horror. 'Oh no, it makes my cholesterol go up!' they exclaim. The truth is, not all saturated fats have the same effect on cholesterol levels as they are made up of different types of fatty acids.
Just as genetic differences between individuals determine susceptibility to disease, genes may also determine how our bodies react to different nutrients or anti-nutrients in our food. The pioneering field of studying how nutrition and genes interact and the implications for dietary modification is called 'nutrigenomics'.
I>UTUSAN Malaysia/Iand Health Minister Datuk Chua Jui Meng have been engaged in a battle of words in the past few days over the distribution of financial aid to chronic patients.