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?
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Vietnam's street food may be renowned for being tasty, but authorities have been unable to curb the unhygienic practices of vendors "I had diarrhea by 11 p.m. after eating a rice meal from a pushcart for dinner," the 22-year-old student from Khanh Hoa Province said, fearing his illness probably prevented him from doing well in the exam. For many others, the consequences of food poisoning have been worse and even fatal, as the government is still struggling to improve the safety of street food. According to the Food Safety Administration, 18 of 1,856 food poisoning cases proved fatal during the first half of this year. Relevant agencies have identified the causes which include microorganisms, natural poisons and toxic chemicals of about 75 percent of the cases. Much to the public chargin, tests conducted by a food safety inspection group has confirmed this week that around 75 percent of tested rice noodle samples in Vietnam's beloved national dish pho contained banned carcinogenic … [Read more...] about Vietnam street food still unsafe: studies
Da Lat Natural Food JSC: Reaffirming Quality on Every Product Da Lat Natural Food Joint Stock Company was set up in 2009 on a vast farming area in the south of Lam Dong province at an altitude of 1,500 metres, about 30 km from Da Lat City. This place is known as a primary supplier of highest-quality fruits and vegetables in Vietnam because of its mild, cool climate. Typical products are potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkins and maize. Founder and CEO Nguyen Van Anh is an experienced specialist in food processing, and the former deputy CEO of a Japanese food company in Lam Dong province. He found out that the land in Duc Trong, Don Duong and Lam Ha districts and Da Lat City is suitable for growing and developing high-quality Japanese yam. However, the cultivated area and productivity decreased rapidly because farmers did not have good seedlings and scientific land enrichment methods. To restore Japanese yam in Lam Dong province, in 2009, he set up the company to pilot growing yams … [Read more...] about Da Lat Natural Food JSC: Reaffirming Quality on Every Product
The rampant use of toxic additives during the food processing and production process in Vietnam is posing a risk to public health. Ho Chi Minh City currently lacks the ability to control the safety of the majority of the food sold in the city, said the municipal Union of Science and Technology Associations. Many of the products sold at Kim Bien Market, known for its sale of aromatic spices and food additives, lack clear points of origin The three wholesale markets of Binh Dien, Thu Duc and Hoc Mon alone receive around 1,000 tonnes of vegetables and fruits per day, while the city needs around 650-700 tonnes of meat per day. Authorities have detected stimulants such as axit gibberellic GA3, and clenbuterol in these products. Many of the products sold at Kim Bien Market, known for its sale of aromatic spices and food additives, lack clear points of origin. A litre of artificial stock … [Read more...] about Major failures in food safety threaten public
Heady stuff: The marriage of wine and barbecued beef ("asado") defines Argentine gastronomy. — Photo coutersy of Argentinian Embassy Internationally renowned for its incomparable beef, wonderful wines and a global leader in grains and oilseed production, Argentina is the fifth largest agricultural exporter in the world (COMEXT, GTA 2013). In June 2014, Viet Nam officially opened its market to Argentinian food, allowing locals the opportunity to finally enjoy meat, fish, dairy, vegetables, fruit, oils and grains from Argentina. Privileged with outstanding natural richness and extraordinary diverse landscapes, Argentina boasts high mountains and plains, lush vegetation and extreme deserts, forests and steppes, glaciers and waterfalls. These natural features, boosted by its traditional agricultural profile, have made Argentina a key player in the international food trade. Unforgettable wines In 2014, Argentina will become the fifth largest world producer of wine, the largest in … [Read more...] about VN tucks into Argentine food