Hanoi’s West Lake is now an interesting place to enjoy a cup of lotus tea, although the flower is now less commonly grown on the lake’s waters. Lotus flowers release their sweetest fragrance when their pink petals are covered with dew. It is 4.30am but I have hurriedly driven to West Lake which is overwhelmed by the sweet lotus fragrance. The dawn begins to be spotted with sunlight twinkling in the dew on the lotus leaves, which look like mini umbrellas on the water. Pushing their small boats onto the lake, the lotus pickers skillfully control their vessels with long poles. They worm their way into the forest of lotuses and only their conical hats can be seen. Boat-people pick both flowers and leaves to sell to their clients who are waiting on the bank. This is a wholesale business. Any dealer who wants to buy lotus flowers and leaves cheaply will often go there to buy directly at the lake, before selling them at their own shops in the inner city. Nguyen Van Toan, a … [Read more...] about Lotus
How drinking water helps weight loss
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
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?