Sunday, 24 April 2016

Boost both body and brain with chocolate say two new studies

2016-04-24 MORE good news for chocolate lovers, with two new studies published this week finding that consuming a little dark chocolate can help boost physical as well as mental performance. In a study out of Kingston University, UK, Rishikesh Kankesh Patel...

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Fast food could expose consumers to harmful chemicals

2016-04-17 AN AMERICAN study has found 40 per cent higher levels of phthalates in the urine of fast-food eaters than other consumers. These chemical products – notably used to make food packaging materials – can disrupt hormone levels and lead to birth...

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Soup’s on for health-savvy shoppers

2016-04-10 SOUP is back on the menu. Now sold in supermarkets around the world, soups are being served up as a healthy option for quick lunch breaks, for savouring in soup bars or for family meals. But soup isn’t always the light meal it may seem, and some...

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Food photog pioneer shows how we eat in new book

2016-04-03 EVERYONE is a food photographer these days. So where does that leave Martin Parr (pic), who has been snapping food portraits for 25 years? His new book, Real Food, features more than 200 slates of everyday meals and snacks from 36 countries. Why...

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Korean ‘cup food’ goes global

2016-03-27 IN KOREA, the “cup food” phenomenon has long been a big part of the fast-paced lifestyle here, but it has lately been growing popular abroad too. “Cup food” is a Korean term referring to one-dish meals that are usually sold in a small container –...

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Workspace-cafés charm Montreal

2016-03-19 SITTING on sofas with laptops balanced awkwardly on their knees as they sip from bottomless cups of tea and coffee, customers have turned an off-the-beaten-path café in Montreal into their personal workspace. And the owners couldn’t be happier. “...

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Palm oil helps raise good cholesterol

2016-03-13 PALM oil has often received bad press due to its perceived cholesterol-raising effects. High cholesterol levels, as most people are aware, are a risk factor for heart disease. Because of this, many health-conscious people try to avoid this...

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Early indulgence prevents allergy

2016-03-06 TWO new studies bolster evidence that feeding babies peanuts or other allergy-inducing foods is more likely to protect them than to cause problems. One study, a follow-up to landmark research published last year, suggests that the early prevention...

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Cambodia’s Kampot pepper wins coveted EU protection

2016-03-03 CAMBODIA’S Kampot pepper, a go-to spice for chefs around the world, has joined an elite group of gourmet food items whose names are protected by the European Union, joining products such as Gruyere cheese from France and Parma ham from Italy. The...

New York restaurants post salt warnings, diners shrug

2016-03-03   AS WARNING labels go, the small salt shaker emblems that began showing up on some New York City restaurant menus recently are fairly unobtrusive, but each is supposed to carry a powerful message. If the black and white logo appears next to a...

Sunday, 28 February 2016

No more meals, only snacks

2016-02-28 THERE are no meals anymore, only snacks. As around-the-clock grazing upends the way people eat, companies are reimagining foods that aren’t normally seen as snacks to elbow in on the trend. That means everything including grilled chicken, cereal,...

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Drinking green tea may help you treat joint pain

2016-02-21   GREEN tea could contain a new treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, says a new study. A team of researchers have discovered that a compound in green tea could have the potential to treat joint pain, inflammation and tissue damage in sufferers of...

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Burger King eyes hot dog king title

2016-02-14   BURGER King is looking for a new crown: Hot Dog King. The Miami-based chain says it plans to put hot dogs on its menu nationally for the first time starting February 23. It may seem like a jarring addition for those who know the chain for its...

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Vietnam’s 12-hour Tet cake worth the wait

2016-02-07 SHE may be edging into her nineties, but Tran Thi Tam still refuses to serve her children store-bought banh chung, the savoury rice cake prepared in a frenzy during Vietnam’s lunar new year festival known as Tet. Instead, the 89-year-old Hanoi...

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Michel Bras voted world’s most influential chef

2016-01-31 FRANCE’S Michel Bras has been voted the most influential and respected chef in the world in a survey that asked fellow Michelin-starred chefs to vote for the person who represents the best in high gastronomy.   Bras, whose triple Michelin-starred...

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Girl, 8, cooks up a storm

2016-01-24 ESTIE Kung, contestant of reality culinary TV show Man vs Child, is proof that age is just a number when it comes to cooking. Although the adorable child prodigy is only eight years old, she can whip up a storm and prepare delectable delights such...

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Juicing your way to a healthier lifestyle

2016-01-17 MOST people will tell you that there is no need to wait for a brand new year to start living healthy, but we all know that there is no better time than the promising start of a new year to inspire us to achieve fresh goals. A popular New Year’s...

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Campbell Soup first major company to start GMO labelling

2016-01-10 Siddharth Cavale and Subrat Patnaik CAMPBELL Soup Co is to start disclosing the presence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in all its US products, becoming the first major food company to respond to growing calls for more transparency about...

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Top nutrition trends of 2015, how well did you eat?

2016-01-03 LAST year’s nutrition trends saw us stop counting the calories and start counting the nutrition instead. We focused on eating “real” food again that is unprocessed, natural, and full of goodness, as seen in our round-up of the most popular...

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Chef ups ante on Japanese cuisine

2015-12-27 “JAPANESE food is boring,” mused Hidemasa Yamamoto (pic), chef and owner of Hide Yamamoto at the iconic Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. “It’s only sushi, tempura, teppanyaki and ramen.” And don’t get him started on chicken teriyaki. “I really don’t...