Viet Nam News By Jill Tuong Truong * Say goodbye to your sugary drinks Sodas and other sweetened beverages provide a lot of added sugar that your body does not need. Let's think about your morning routine. Do you start your day with some coffee or tea with sugar? And do you then drink sodas, sweet tea, or energy drinks all day? This is the first place you can cut back. Giving up these drinks can be hard, but here are some helpful tips. Try to cut the amount of sugar in coffee or tea by half each week, until you are down to one teaspoon. Substitute the sugary sodas for no-calorie sparkling water, then squeeze in a wedge of lime, lemon, or orange to add flavour. Feel free to add some mint leaves, lemongrass or other herbs you like. Trans fat - What is it and why should you avoid it? Artificial trans fat (or trans fatty acid) are created in an industrial process that adds hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them more solid. Trans fats are used commonly in industrial food, … [Read more...] about How to enjoy life without overdoing sugar and alcohol
How drinking water helps weight loss
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?
Signs warning shoppers how much exercise they need to do to burn off calories in sugary drinks can encourage healthier choices, US research suggests.A study of teenagers' purchasing habits found they bought fewer sugary drinks and more water when the signs were up. The most effective sign said it took five miles to walk off the 250 calories in a sugary drink. Public Health England said the study showed simple health messages worked. Study leader Dr Sara Bleich, associate professor at the Bloomberg School, John Hopkins University, said people do not understand calorie content on its own on a label. "What our research found is that when you explain calories in an easily understandable way such as how many miles of walking is needed to burn them off, you can encourage behaviour change." For six weeks, the brightly coloured signs were displayed in corner shops in neighbourhoods in Baltimore, in full view of young customers buying sugary drinks. Four different signs were used in the shops. … [Read more...] about Sugary drinks warning signs change habits of US teens
RoK limits Vietnam guest workers again Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) Doan Mau Diep on March 18 announced the Republic of Korea (RoK) has once again placed a 3,500 cap on the number of guest workers for the year. Over the past three years, the RoK has only agreed to accept 3,000-3,500 workers annually, said Diep, as a result of the failure of workers to comply with the labour laws and return to Vietnam on schedule. "Around 32% of guest workers quit their jobs in violation of their contracts or illegally overstay their work visas," Diep said, which has resulted in the RoK drastically curtailing the number of workers given visas each year. Diep said several years ago, the RoK was admitting 10,000-12,000 workers on average annually into the country on the guest worker program. "We expect that workers will this year obey the laws so that we can resume a regular labour cooperation agreement with the country," said Diep. Tien Giang hailed for coping with … [Read more...] about Social News 21/3
Viet Nam News Dr Cynthia Dacanay* Expatriates moving to Hà Nội are often armed with basic knowledge of the city's water, sanitation and common health problems. We are also fully aware that human parasites exist in this part of Southeast Asia. Việt Nam is among the Asian countries with the highest rate of worm infections, according to the World Health Organization. Seventy-five percent of the Vietnamese population, including children 2 to 12 years old, was infected with worms in 2010. Yet expats still engage in activities that make contracting parasites highly probable. Trying a new restaurant, eating bún chả and nem cua on the street, drinking a night cap in a bia hơi, swimming in public pools, walking barefoot on the lawn, playing in a sandbox, wading in floodwater, getting licked by a pet, dipping our feet into a tub for a mát-xa (massage), planting rice during a field trip, eating undercooked meat and vegetables, drinking untreated drinking water and neglecting to wash our … [Read more...] about Don’t let worms wriggle in