Vietnamese food is delicious and it is often cited as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. To make sure that this was true, we spoke to Antoine Yvon, the head nutritionist at CMI hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. You will finally know if all those banh mi sandwiches are good for you, if you should drink the broth of your pho or not, and the name of Vietnam's only superfruit. The interview was translated from French. What is your general professional opinion about Vietnamese food? Is it as healthy as people think it is? Antoine Yvon: Vietnamese food is one of the most healthy and balanced in the world. As a professional, I have seen that dishes and ingredients used in Vietnamese cuisine can cover all the dietary needs on protein, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals because there is a great natural diversity of agricultural products. It is this diversity and variety that are the foundations of a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Eating with chopsticks, using multiple … [Read more...] about Is Vietnamese food really healthy?
Glutamate foods to avoid
I grew up in Los Angeles in the 1980s, when every reputable Asian restaurant hung a sign reading "NO MSG." As a result, I came to think of the flavor additive as something sinister. Monosodium glutamate sounded like a disease or a syndrome. And nobody wanted to eat that. While America spurned MSG in "Asian food," the nation ate Doritos at barbeques and "buttered" popcorn at the movies. No Reagan-era refrigerator passed inspection without a green tube of Kraft Parmesan cheese and a bottle of Heinz ketchup sitting on the interior shelf. Few worried about the MSG in these products. The only thing that worried us, it seems, was the thought of some Chinese guy slipping it into our take-out. My fear of the flavor additive followed me to Vietnam, until last November, when Lucky Peach a new food magazine published in San Francisco ran a piece by food scientist Harold McGee largely debunking concerns about MSG. McGee revealed that speculation on the ill effects of MSG began in April of 1968 … [Read more...] about How I learned to stop worrying and love MSG
PM wants fast work on airport Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has instructed ministries and other agencies involved to speed up construction of Long Thanh International Airport near HCM City. He tasked the People's Committee of Dong Nai Province, where the airport will be built, with making zoning plans for an area to relocate families moved out to make way for the airport, develop the area and do a feasibility study for the airport. The resettlement area will be approved after the feasibility study is. The provincial authorities have been instructed to work with the ministries of Planning and Investment, Finance, and Transport to arrange funding to build the airport. The transport ministry will help Vietnam Airlines to conduct the feasibility study for the first stage of the project. Located in Long Thanh District, the airport will be designed to handle 100 million passengers and 1.2 million tonnes of cargo annually when the first stage is completed in 2025. HCM City plans … [Read more...] about Social News 14/11
Mutual Relations between Press and Business Apart from very basic strong points, there are hidden corners in the press-business relationship, and we do not dare to look openly and directly at those negative points in a positive way. And that is the reason for the long existence of this one-sided viewpoint on this bilateral relationship. With a frank, wholehearted and responsible talk, Mr Nguyen The Ky, Head of Press and Publication Department under the Central Propaganda Bureau, brings in an objective and accurate stance on the true nature of the press as well as necessity and long-time consistent effort to build a sustained environment for relationships between the press and the business world to thrive. On the 85th Vietnam Revolutionary Press Day anniversary, he has given an exclusive talk to the Vietnam Business Forum. The relationship between the press and the business community is quite a sensitive matter. As far as I am concerned, you have written some very interesting … [Read more...] about Mutual Relations between Press and Business
Deforestation declines but usual suspects unchecked Illegal deforestation so far this year was slightly lower than for the same period last year. In October, illegal clearing throughout the nation amounted to about 600ha, about 50 ha less than at the same time last year. However, the people responsible for protecting the timber have been shown, time and time again, to be almost totally ineffective. This was announced at a meeting held by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Da Nang on Monday, Lao Dong (Labour) newspaper reported. According to the Forest Protection Department, certain localities, such as Bac Kan, Dak Nong, Dak Lak, Quang Binh, Quang Nam and Son La are hotspots for illegal tree clearing, said deputy head of the Viet Nam Ministry of Forestry, Do Trong Kim. Poachers illegally cut down low-grade trees to grow others for milling and other purposes. Kim said there was a shortage of about 3,000 forest rangers, which added to the difficulty of managing … [Read more...] about Deforestation declines but usual suspects unchecked