e.excel millenium More on Advanced Processing techniques – case study on Cactus

More on Advanced Processing techniques – case study on Cactus

Recently, one of my friends asked me: If cactus is a superfood, why isn’t cactus or cactus juice being sold in supermarkets? Indeed, this is a very very good question! In fact, her question came very timely. It came just as I was just starting on this series talking more about advanced processing techniques used …

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food processing What is Spray-drying?

What is Spray-drying?

Plant foods occurring in nature come in all shapes, sizes, taste and colour. Also, they come with a different set of nutrients and anti-nutrients. As such, different plants would require different type of processing methods. One example is soy. Soy contains trypsin-inhibitors which affects digestion of proteins. During the concentration process, a certain temperature is …

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E.Excel What is Freeze-drying?

What is Freeze-drying?

The very first time I came to know about freeze-drying was in my under graduate years. One of my classmates did his final year project on freeze-drying of jackfruits and durian. At that time, I knew it as a drying process which takes a long long time. However, the fruits could be kept fresh without …

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food safety Do you know Vitamin C supplement increases risk of Heart Diseases?

Do you know Vitamin C supplement increases risk of Heart Diseases?

Vitamin C is a critical nutrient for our body. This was especially crucial in the 16th to 18th centuries. During this period, sailors who went on long voyages tended to get scurvy. Scurvy comes about due to insufficient antioxidants in a person’s diet. To add on, the problem was so serious that many of the …

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Aging Are we Overdosing on Vitamins?

Are we Overdosing on Vitamins?

Vitamin pills, they’re so well marketed by advertisements that many people think more of them are good. When people catch a cold, what is the first type that comes to mind? Vitamin C! When people want to boost their immune system, the immediate choice is multi-vitamins coupled with minerals. A very quick solution. I used …

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immune system Doctors Name Treatments that Bring Little or No Benefit

Doctors Name Treatments that Bring Little or No Benefit

As I was writing my last article on tackling the common flu, I chanced upon this piece of news from BBC resonating the same message. As consumers, we indeed need to be wise in our choices. In tackling any challenges in life, we need to first stop and think. What is the root cause, which …

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autoimmune diseases Why are we getting Chronic Inflammation?

Why are we getting Chronic Inflammation?

What is Inflammation? Maybe some of you have experienced this as a cloud of heat in your throat, just before the sore throat strikes. That is throat inflammation. Alternatively, some of you may have experienced it has a angry, red, swell on our skin when we get a cut. That is also inflammation. These are …

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Aging Do you know we are all Made to Live till at least 120?

Do you know we are all Made to Live till at least 120?

I know it sounds almost impossible when we do a reality check. In our world today, the global life expectancy stands at 71.4 years, as published by the World Health Organization in the year 2015. So why do I say that we are all made to live till at least 120 years old? Let me …

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Learning and Growing Nutritional Immunology Session with Dr Jau-Fei Chen – Chapter 3

Nutritional Immunology Session with Dr Jau-Fei Chen – Chapter 3

It was a very enriching Saturday with Dr Jau-Fei Chen, who is known internationally and given multiple awards for her main research topic on Nutritional Immunology. Seeing her in person is  like seeing Nutritional Immunology personified. She is 54 years of age, but definitely looks great nevertheless. I hope I look like her when I …

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Nutritional Immunology The Story of a Young Girl who made a difference in the lives of many…

The Story of a Young Girl who made a difference in the lives of many…

Humble Beginnings… When she was just a young girl, she dreamt to be a scientist who could make a difference in the world. At that time, she as a budding scientist in Birgham Young University, took on this perspective: It is not the outcome of the research that is important, but that how far reaching …

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