On 7th March 2019, the Ministry of Health in Singapore announced that packaged foods such as noodles and biscuits with partially hydrogenated oils (PHO) will be banned.
Is fish good for our brains?
In May 2018, a study published in Neurology revealed that a diet rich in fish, fruits, nuts, whole grains and vegetables may increase the total brain volume. Researchers at the Erasmus University Medical Centre of Netherlands had studied 4,000 people over a ten year period. They noticed that the brain area responsible for the processing of memories, the hippocampus, was larger in people who had healthier diets.
In Asia, fish is most commonly steamed or deep fried. For children, fresh fish fillet is often used to make fish porridge. Cooked rice is poached in a hearty chicken stock before slices of fish are added in, just before being served hot. A staple at many homes, this dish is simple to prepare, healthy and delicious.
In February 2018, a French report was released. In this study, 105,000 middle-aged individuals’ diet and health were monitored over a 5 year period. The report found that a 10 percent rise in the consumption of ultra-processed foods lead to a 12 percent increase in cancer risk. While not scientifically conclusive, it suggests that our diet influences the probability of getting cancer. So, what does this mean for us? What exactly are ultra-processed foods?