More than a third of Americans are obese, another third or so are overweight, and the rest of us—well, we wouldn’t mind losing a few pounds. But we’re finally doing something about it. Americans are ingesting about 9 percent fewer calories than they did a decade ago, and they seem to have cut down on soda the most easily. Soda consumption is down 25 percent from its peak in the 1990s. That’s great for people’s waistlines but not for the soft-drink industry, which really wishes people would focus on another way to shed the weight. “Sugar-sweetened beverages have been singled out,” Muhtar Kent, Coca-Cola’s chief executive officer, wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed in 2009, but “it’s not just about calories in. It’s also about calories out.” To that end, Coca-Cola and other soft-drink companies often try to raise awareness about the other causes of, and solutions to, the obesity epidemic. As reported by the New … [Read more...] about Should companies like Coca-Cola fund anti-obesity research?
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VietNamNet Bridge - On May 27, the Bureau of Food Safety and Hygiene released official information about the test results of ginger, dry vermicelli (in Hanoi) and lemon tea (in HCM City). The test results show that these products are safe. The agency collected seven samples of lemon tea in a number of districts in HCM City for testing. All the samples did not contain heavy metals (Pb, Hg, As, Cd), industrial colorants and sweeteners (Cyclamate). According to the Bureau of Food Safety and Hygiene, the Hanoi Food Safety and Hygiene Department also tested seven samples of dry vermicelli produced at some private vermicelli enterprises in Hoai Duc and Thanh Oai districts of Hanoi. Monitoring results show that the samples did not have alkaline food coloring and borax. The iron content is also below the prescribed limits. For food coloring and food additives, a total of five samples were tested and the test results are negative for alkaline food coloring. The Bureau of Food Safety and … [Read more...] about Chinese ginger in Vietnam is safe: test
News about contamination hits local starch balls market By Hien Nguyen - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - HCMC's bubble tea market has taken a hit, with many wholesalers reporting a sharp decline in starch balls sales, since news about the contamination of plastic and arsenic in this popular tea broke on Monday. Health authorities in Hanoi and HCMC have since sent out inspectors to check bubble tea vendors and producers to verify the information. Duyen An, the owner of a shop at Binh Tay wholesale market in HCMC's District 6, told the Daily that sales of starch balls, a main ingredient of bubble tea, had slip as bubble tea vendors had backed off following a fall in consumer demand. "We formerly sold about 10 packages of bubble nuts (each weighing three kg) a day. But now we can sell three or four packages a day maximum," she said. According to the Daily's observation, some shops at Binh Tay sell starch balls made by local producers while most of the others vend Chinese-made bubble nuts. … [Read more...] about News about contamination hits local starch balls market
Viet Nam News By Mộc Miên Over the last year, my mother has rarely bought food from traditional markets or processed food stores, but instead has ordered food from her colleague. My mother has not only ordered special food for holidays such as fruit jam, moon cakes and pork pies, but also daily meals such as caramelised braised fish and chilli sauce. Nguyễn Hương Lan, 35, my mother's colleague, is a resourceful woman. While working as a specialist in a private company, she also has a passion for cooking. In the beginning, Lan just cooked for her family. Then she started bringing food into the office for lunch. Women in the office often shared food and chatted about family life during lunch time. Lan gradually let everyone know about her talent for cooking. "I shared my home-made food with my colleagues. They loved it and encouraged me to cook more to sell to them. I asked myself 'Why not?' It can help bring in more income," Lan said. Cases like Lan's are becoming increasingly … [Read more...] about Home-made food becomes popular business
Vietnamese food is delicious and it is often cited as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. To make sure that this was true, we spoke to Antoine Yvon, the head nutritionist at CMI hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. You will finally know if all those banh mi sandwiches are good for you, if you should drink the broth of your pho or not, and the name of Vietnam's only superfruit. The interview was translated from French. What is your general professional opinion about Vietnamese food? Is it as healthy as people think it is? Antoine Yvon: Vietnamese food is one of the most healthy and balanced in the world. As a professional, I have seen that dishes and ingredients used in Vietnamese cuisine can cover all the dietary needs on protein, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals because there is a great natural diversity of agricultural products. It is this diversity and variety that are the foundations of a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Eating with chopsticks, using multiple … [Read more...] about Is Vietnamese food really healthy?
Hanoi (VNA) - Giant Vietnamese dairy firm Vinamilk and Driftwood Dairy Inc. – a company 100 per cent owned by Vinamilk in the US, introduced sweetened condensed milk and creamer products during the Summer Fancy Food Show in the US. Vinamilk's two new products attracted the attention of customers visiting the fair, opening up opportunities to export Vinamilk's milk products, the company said. Vinamilk's products have received quality certificates and an import licence from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) after meeting all requirements on quality and food safety for the dairy industry. With this, Vinamilk has further promoted its integration process into the international market with high-quality products, the company said. In addition, Vinamilk's Driftwood also brought its traditional pasteurised milk products to the food show this year. Vinamilk joined the fair to seek distributors for its high quality, competitively priced … [Read more...] about Vinamilk rolls out sweetened condensed milk products
Spacious room with a view: Looking out at the Saigon harbour, the main dining room seats 180 people. — VNS photos Hoang Ha Sip a cup of tea, watch boats dock at the harbour, and revel in the tastes of Hong Kong and Shanghai dim sum at one of HCM City's newest restaurants. Hoang Ha reports on the experience. Long the brunch of choice in Hong Kong and for the Cantonese at large, dim sum is a cuisine, and yes, even a lifestyle, loved by people around the world.Opened earlier this year, Dim Tu Tac restaurant, which specialises in dim sum, is a welcome addition to the HCM City local restaurant scene.The restaurant boasts a view of historic Saigon Harbour, with a main dining room that seats 180 people. Attentive waiters flit around the space with its wooden floors, partitions and tables graced with white napkins. Chef Leung Kwong from Hong Kong brings 40 years of experience to Dim Tu Tac and it shows in his menu of many exquisite Hong Kong- and Shanghai-style delicacies. … [Read more...] about Soul food from Hong Kong and Shanghai
Many Chinese pickled and dried plums, recently detected by their home authorities as containing cancer-causing additives and chemicals, are being sold in Ho Chi Minh City’s markets. At a booth that sells Chinese dried and pickled plums in a HCM City market. Photo: Tuoi Tre Chinese media coverage has reported that pickled and dried peaches, plums, and many other fruits produced by three renowned local manufacturers have been found to contain huge amounts of additives such as saccharin and sodium cyclamate sweeteners; carmine and amaranth coloring; and sulfur dioxide whitener. The amount of additives found in the plums is three time higher than the allowed level, Chinese media reported. Health experts said sodium cyclamate can turn into an extremely toxic substance that can cause cancer, while sulfur dioxide can combine with vitamin B1 to damage consumers’ brain, lungs, and liver. Chemicals like carmine, amaranth, or saccharin can also be dangerous if more than the allowed … [Read more...] about Chinese plums with cancer-causing additives rife in HCM City
HA NOI (Biz Hub) – Several sophisticated handmade products and food specialities will be presented to the public at a spring fair that opens on Saturday in Ha Noi. The once-valuable food items, which were given as offerings to kings in the past, include sam cam bird (Fulica atra), nine-spur cock, Anh Vu river fish, Vong Village young sticky rice, Tu Le sticky rice, Ngu banana, dried longan, Nga Son mat and Van Phuc silk, among many others. Visitors to the 800-booth fair at the Giang Vo Exhibition Centre will also have a chance to sample and purchase hundreds of specialities from every region in the country, including fresh fruit from the Mekong River Delta, Ly Son garlic, Phu Quoc fish sauce and Tan Cuong tea. Hanoians will also have a chance to enjoy several traditional cultural activities taking place at another spring fair that will open at the Quan Ngua Gymnasium next week. Demonstrations of different traditional festivals and folk games will be organised at the event, to be … [Read more...] about Spring Fair to showcase food specialities
HCM City's Department of Health and market management agencies will set up teams to inspect companies producing food, candy, sweetened dry fruits, Chinese sausage and beverages for Tet (the lunar New Year) for food hygiene and safety. Inspection will focus on dangerous flavour enhancers and chemical additives in food that are harmful to health. Saigon Giai Phong (Liberated Saigon) Youth Union to hold national congress this month The National Congress of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union will be organised in Ha Noi from Dec.11-14. The congress will be attended by 1,000 youth representing more than seven million members of Youth Unions in the country. The youngest delegate to the congress will be 15-year-old Duong Minh Anh, a 10th grader at Chu Van An Senior High School in Ha Noi. Tin Tuc (News) Construction begins on new bridge in Vinh Long Works started on Monday on the construction of Vinh Xuan Bridge on National Route 54 in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta Province of Vinh … [Read more...] about HCM City to step up food safety tests