SINGAPORE: Imagine a packet of char kway teow which has seen better days. It’s a gloomy colour and is literally crawling. There are maggots devouring what is a perennial Singapore dish. The messy result of this invasion resembles some kind of scientific experiment. And actually that is precisely what it is. A research team at the National University of Singapore (NUS) is digging into some of the country’s biggest challenges – food security and wastage – by taking a novel approach involving black soldier flies and their larvae. Black soldier flies are not a typical pesky type of insect buzzing around garbage and spreading germs as one might expect. They are clean and helpful when it comes to eradicating waste and will be mobilised on the front line of keeping Singapore spotless by helping decompose food, and acting as feed themselves. “The adults are not carriers of diseases, they don’t bite, they’re harmless, I actually … [Read more...] about How flies and maggots are being bred to eat your food waste and keep Singapore clean
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Eating out and binging on fast food is a common problem, which may upset bowel movements. Keep your digestive system calm by consuming a bit of fennel seeds, ginger, yogurt and papaya, say experts. Nutritionist and dietitian Nmami Agarwal; and Mehar Rajput, nutritionist and dietician at Fitpass, have listed a few digestive saviours: *Ginger: It's a wonderful overall healthy herb that aids digestion, reduce inflammation and heartburn. This not only relaxes but also soothes the intestinal track. Have a sip of ginger water with few drops of lemon after every meal and feel the benefit of the wonder herb. *Fennel seeds: Phytonutrients in fennel give it an antioxidative property and effectively helps in reducing gas and bloating. Chewing the seeds or making tea with it will stimulate the secretion of digestive enzymes, that further reduces heartburn, inflammation of the stomach and intestine. Make it a habit of having one spoon of fennel seeds after every meal. It will surely give you … [Read more...] about Keep stomach calm with ginger, fennel seeds
A large study of more than 100,000 French adults revealed a startling link: People who consume more processed food are much more likely to develop all kinds of cancers. Most of the ultra-processed products were foods and beverages with a lot of sugar. The finding held true for every category of adults in the study: men and women, exercisers and couch potatoes, younger and older people, smokers and non-smokers. If scientists told you that there’s one lifestyle factor that might best predict whether you get cancer, you’d want to know, right? Researchers in France may have found just that. After studying more than 100,000 adults for years, their results showed that eating processed food is more closely linked with cancer risk than one’s age, sex, body mass index, height, level of physical activity, smoking and drinking habits, calories consumed, or family history. This harmful … [Read more...] about A study of more than 100,000 people has found that one food group is closely linked with cancer
Eating well and maintaining a healthy body weight can be challenging for many people, in part because nutrition advice changes so often. Fitbit, Apple, and Google are investing in continuous glucose monitors that let people track their blood sugar and see how food affects their body. Usually used only by diabetics, the devices could provide key insight to other people who want to eat better, lose weight, and even improve athletic performance. Recently, Fitbit gave $6 million to a San Francisco startup called Sano, which is creating a CGM without a needle. Geoffrey Woo hasn’t gone back to Burger King since he saw the numbers. The trim 30-year-old was at the airport one afternoon when he strayed from his healthy diet and ordered an old-time favorite: a Whopper, fries, and a Coke. Everything seemed fine until a few hours later, when he checked a device usually used only by people with diabetes. … [Read more...] about A little-known technology that Fitbit and Apple are exploring could be the answer to healthy eating and peak performance
Leaders of the six riparian countries of the Lancang-Mekong, namely China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, are to meet Wednesday and Thursday in Phnom Penh for the 2nd Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) Leaders' Meeting. On the agenda is endorsement of a Five-year Plan of Action and a declaration outlining commitment to cooperation on key issues, including shared governance of the Lancang-Mekong River. The meeting -- and China's leadership role within it -- comes at a critical time for the Mekong River; the lifeblood of the region and its people. The Mekong urgently needs meaningful cooperation that involves all riparian countries and gives due priority to environmental protection and the human rights of river-basin communities. This includes effective measures to address the transboundary impacts of hydropower dams and other developments on the basin.Infrastructure development is escalating within the Lancang-Mekong Basin, with profound implications for the future of the … [Read more...] about Can regional cooperation secure the Mekong’s future?