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Category: Food EN


Ban the use of carbide gas to ripen fruits

A survey by CAP shows that Malaysians are consuming toxic fruits which are ripened by a hazardous chemical, calcium carbide. This poses great health risks to consumers. Calcium carbide has cancer-causing properties and is capable of causing neurological disorders. It can result in tingling sensation, numbness and peripheral neuropathy. If pregnant women consume fruit ripened with carbide, the...
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The Government should be stringent in issuing Halal certification

The Consumers’ Association of Penang is shocked and concerned of the recent revelation regarding content of pig DNA in food products that is widely consumed by Muslims. The Department of Islamic Development Malaysia/Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (JAKIM) had just recently revealed the results of analysis conducted by the Chemistry Department of Malaysia on HP Sauce and Tabasco Pepper...
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Food storage: For how long & how to?

How long can foods be stored? Many people do keep their food longer than the above guidelines. If you keep your food longer, make sure you check it each time to see that it has not turned mouldy, slimy, stinky, rancid or otherwise rotten. Always check the food BEFORE you taste it. •    Ground meats, fresh poultry and raw fish should be used within 1-2 days after purchase. •    Milk,...
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What our ancestors knew about food

Our early ancestors ate plants and fruits that had therapeutic effect on the body as well as providing nutrition. Since the dawn of civilisation, man has relied on the forests, fields and gardens for medicines. Early physicians who used food as the mainstay prescription against disease knew nothing of germs they could not see, or of hormones or cholesterol, and how painkillers and anticoagulants...
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Foods to prevent cancer

Taking supplements does nothing to fight cancer. In some cases, some supplements can be downright unsafe.  In January 2009, an editorial in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI) noted that most trials had shown no cancer benefits from vitamins.  Several large credible studies, including research into the effects of Vitamins C and E and beta carotene, found the supplements did not...
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Foods to prevent heart disease

Many supplements do not thwart heart disease. This has been demonstrated in several studies. Instead, easily available foods are proven to have a greater potential for preventing heart diseases. Supplements that do not work for heart problems "Vitamin C pills do not appear to lower cholesterol levels or reduce the risk of heart attacks. Effects on cholesterol plaques in heart arteries...
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Chillies – Hot healer for many illnesses

Chillies may prevent: cancer, heart disease, stroke, blood clots, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, bronchitis, emphysema, coughs and colds and stomach ulcer. Used as a food, a spice and an herbal medicine for over 9,000 years, chillies are said to be good for the kidneys, spleen, pancreas, lungs and heart. In Victorian England, chillies were prized for their warming properties in...
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Eat like a Greek – Flavour plus good health

There is strong evidence that a Mediterranean diet protects against cardiovascular disease. Other recent research has linked the eating style to a lower risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Diets are often doomed to fail because they focus more on what you can’t eat than what you can. Don’t eat bread. Don’t eat sugar. Don’t eat fat. On some diets, even certain fruits and vegetables are...
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Malaysians are the 8th largest sugar consumers in the world

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is concerned that sugar consumption among Malaysians is increasing at an alarming rate. The high sugar intake is reflected by the serious health problems and debilitating diseases striking Malaysians each day. Early in 2009 Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad the former Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs announced that Malaysia is the 8th highest sugar...
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Massive speculation causes food prices to soar

By Tim Jones The recent steep rise in wheat prices has raised fears of another global food crisis. It is the banks and hedge funds speculating on the price of food that are primarily responsible for this spike in prices. In just one month in July 2010, the price of wheat increased by 60%. The huge increase in the price has already led to people across the world paying more for the staple food....
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