The Ba Den (Madame Black) Mountain, 986m high, is the highest one in southern Vietnam. The major deity on the mountain is Linh Son Thanh Mau, and millions seek her blessings every year. Serving the pilgrims, mostly unthanked and unnoticed, are a group of porters who carry heavy things, including big ice blocks and other goods to the shops on top of the mountain. Displaying incredible strength, they do this every day to make a living. The commodities carried up are mainly soft drinks, cooking oil, spices, ice cubes, rice, and other food items which are packed in boxes at the foot of the mountain first. In order to place the boxes weighing nearly 50 kilograms on his shoulders, Tan, 45, from Tay Ninh Province, southeastern Vietnam, must place them on the stone stairs, sit at a lower height and bend his body to get the load on his back. "I've been doing this job for more than a decade now, carrying heavy stuff everyday up the mountain. January is a month of almost non-stop work … [Read more...] about The heavy lifting that makes an uplifting experience possible
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While the market is awash with different types of supplementary food, there are still genuine brands with traceable origin, Photo: Le Toan In recent years, supplementary food are becoming more and more popular, especially among office workers. Thao Van, a 32-year old office worker in Hanoi, is trying to lose weight after stopping breastfeeding her baby. She spends an hour to exercise every day and is looking for a type of supplementary food to burn fat. However, after a few days of browsing, she feels hopelessly lost in the world of supplementary food of varying origins, prices, and quality. “It is very difficult to choose. Along with products with clear origin from the US, Canada, Japan, Australia, and South Korea that are quite expensive, there are a lot of cheap products from China. I cannot tell which products are safe,” Van told VIR. According to statistics published by the Vietnam Association of Functional Food (VAFF), only 63 kinds of supplementary food were sold … [Read more...] about Thousand shades of grey in healthy food
Top student: Dương Ngọc Ảnh (second from left) receives a certificate after a start-up course in Israel. Photo courtesy of Dương Ngọc Ảnh Viet Nam News After years researching the nutritional value of cassava, Dương Ngọc Ảnh from Quảng Nam Province has revolutionised the instant noodle market in Việt Nam by making the easy treat from the common root. Now he plans to grow his business and take his innovation nationwide.Trần Hoàng Nam reports. When he was a 12, Dương Ngọc Ảnh would wake at 4am every day to help his parents make noodles from cassava powder before going to school. The income generated from this family business meant that Ảnh could attend HCM City Technology & Sciences University. He then went on to set up his own software company. “My father was the first to make noodles from cassava 22 years ago,” he said. “Thanks to his … [Read more...] about Technology expert goes back to his roots
Nguyễn Thị Lâm from the National Institute of Nutrition shares her knowledge of using dietary supplements, saying that people should only use pills containing natural ingredients. — VNS Photo Minh ThuViet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Experts convened in Hà Nội recently to discuss the importance of controlling weight at a workshop on healthy lifestyles and diets. Obesity is nothing new and people who are overweight or obese often have health problems that may increase the risk of heart disease. Từ Ngữ, secretary general of the Việt Nam Nutrition Association, said the rate of obesity had been increasing in Việt Nam, and warned of the development of chronic diseases within the community. “The rate of obesity (Body Mass Index over 23) was 16.3 per cent based on a survey of 17,000 people aged 25-64 conducted nationwide last year,” he said. "The number of overweight … [Read more...] about Experts call for healthy diet
We've been warned repeatedly about the health perils of being out-of-sync with our body clocks. Are we eating in the right way for these circadian rhythms, and could changing our mealtime habits boost our health and help us lose weight? 'Breakfast like a king' What did you eat this morning for breakfast or lunch? The chances are it wasn't steak and chips, chickpea curry or anything else you might normally have for dinner. Yet some scientists believe eating more of our daily calories earlier in the day - and shifting mealtimes earlier in general - could be good for our health. One study found women who were trying to lose weight lost more when they had lunch earlier in the day, while another linked eating later breakfasts to having a higher body mass index. "There's already a very old saying, eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper, and I think there's some truth in that," says Dr Gerda Pot, a visiting lecturer in nutritional sciences at King's College … [Read more...] about Are we eating at the wrong time for our body clocks?