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The Kurang Manis (Sugar,Less) Newsletter | 1 May 2022

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Calorie counter strike

Satiety, calories and recommended dietary guidelines.

Have you eaten? Are you still hungry? Feeling satiated is often not about hitting the right calories per day, but about eating the right kinds of nutrient-dense foods.

The term calorie is derived from the Latin word, calor ‘heat’ and was originally a term used as early as the 1820s to explain a unit of heat. When have we been calorie conscious? 1908 apparently, but it was a Californian physician and newspaper columnist Dr. Lulu Hunt Peters who popularised dieting using the concept, “don’t eat food, eat calories”. Watching what she ate and capping it to 1200 calories per day, her weight loss resulted in one of the first books on dieting titled, ‘Diet and Health: With Key to the Calories’ (1918)1. Shortly after, Dr. Peters was posted to the Balkans and witnessed life there as an American Red Crosser in WW1. She returned to the US three years later and was so surprised that her book had been selling so well that it became a hit.

Dr. Chris Barclay, a GP and author of ‘Beating Diabetes the Low-Carb way’ (2020) shared that in the last 20 years in the UK, the number of people with Type-2 Diabetes had risen from 1.4 to almost 5 million2. Dr. Peters’ successful diet, he theorises, may not have been about the calories after all, but about the fact that her meal plans were low in carbohydrates. She ate plenty of salad, vegetables (mostly raw), fruit, meat and fish, the occasional piece of bread and a few pretzels. There was no pasta, pizza, cake, biscuits or rice, no fruit juices, nor smoothies. Is this an example perhaps of mistaken assumptions and incomplete knowledge, he queries.

Swing back to kitchens of today, a promotion in a Hello Fresh meal kit website promises this, “Our carb smart recipes lower the amount of carbohydrates per serving by using wholesome ingredients like cauliflower, zucchini and avocado in place of high carb foods like rice and bread. And our calorie smart recipes keep each serving under 650 calories while packing in lots of nutrients so you feel super satisfied after every meal”.

You may wonder then if the hashtag #lowcarb is trending… Absolutely! Instagram itself has 27.9million posts with the ‘reducing’ hashtags #lowcarb as compared to 7.1m #diabetes, 75.9m #diet, 82.2m #weightloss yet it can’t compare with the ‘eating’ 284m #foodporn, 122m #vegan.

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Calories in popular Vietnamese foods (Calo trong món ăn Việt Nam phổ biến)

Inspired by the Bánh mì or banhmi – Vietnamese for bread, a fresh baguette is often split lengthwise then filled with various savoury ingredients as a sandwich and served as a meal. So many sprout up and open for business along the streets of Saigon. Vietnamese cuisine is delightful, light and healthy! We’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular Vietnamese foods, and their calories as verified by popular app, MyFitnessPal (photo of chicken Pho from Taste Baguette in Sydney, Australia).

  • Egg Roll Vermicelli and Salad Bowl
    1 bowl, 516
  • Vietnamese Mango Smoothie W/Beans
    10 oz, 323
  • Fried Egg Rolls
    1 Roll, 162
  • Seafood Pho (Soup) — No Rice Noodles
    1 bowl, 300
  • Vietnamese Pancake – Bean Sprouts/Chicken
    1 pancake, 428
  • Pho Vietnamese Beef Satay Soup
    1 1/2 cups cooked, 425
  • Noodle Soup (Medium)
    4.5 Cups, 400
  • Grilled Lemongrass Beef
    3 oz., 209
  • Stir Fry Tofu W/ Vegetables and Rice Noodles
    2 cups, 332
  • Shredded and Pork Rice Vermicelli
    1 bowl, 368
  • Chicken Summer Roll
    1 roll, 190
  • Tofu Noodle Soup
    4 cups, 272
  • Chicken Pho (No Noodles)
    1 bowl, 218
  • Goi Cuon Chay
    1 roll, 60
  • Bun Cha Gio Nem Nuong Nutrition
    1 bowl, 500
  • Pho Tai Nam
    1 bowl, 449
  • Green Papaya Salad With Prawns (Excluding Crackers)
    1 Plate, 266
  • Pho – Noodle Soup With Mushrooms
    1 bowl, 376
  • Chicken Green Papaya Salad With Peanuts
    1 salad, 260
  • Bún Bò Huế (Hot Spicy Beef Soup)
    1 bowl, 465
    • Goi Gà – Shredded Chicken Salad
      1 serving, 219
    • Bun: Beef
      1 portion, 460
    • Enoki, Shiitake and Button Mushroom Pho With Chicken Stock
      1 portion, 415
    • Phở Xào: Chicken
      1 Whole Portion, 445
    • Goi Du Du: Chicken Crunchy Green Papaya Salad With Peanuts
      1 serving, 260
    • Pho Tai Lan: Steak Garlic Noodle Soup
      1 serving, 347
    • Savory Vietnamese Crispy Crepe
      1 container, 496
    • Hot & Spicy Brisket Beef (Served With A Chilli Shrimp Paste)
      1 bowl, 465
    • Goi Xoai – Spciy Green Mango Salad Topped With Pork
      1 portion, 175
    • Chicken Vermiceli
      1 cup, 417
    • Rice Paper Roll – Vegetable (Gỏi Cuốn)
      4 pieces, 99
    • Pho Tom: Tiger Prawns (Vegetable Stock)
      1 bowl, 307
    • Bun – Tiger Prawn (With Peanuts, Spring Roll and Nuoc Cham)
      1 bowl, 557
    • Pho Ga (Chicken Noodle Soup)
      1 bowl, 475
    • Cha Gio Pork
      1 portion, 293
    • Muc Chien Gion Squid
      1 portion, 196
    • Phở Tái Bò Viên
      1 bowl, 583
    • Gỏi Bắp Chuối
      1 box, 441
    • Prawn Crackers
      1 bag, 59
    • Spicy Chicken (Bun Ga Hue)
      300 g, 446
      • Bun Cha Gio Tom (Prawn Noodles)
        1 portion, 362
      • Grand nem porc crabe crevette
        1 bol, 116
      • Pho Ga Chicken
        1 pot, 31
      • Pho soupe de nouilles au poulet
        100 g
      • Vietnamese shrimp spring roll
        1 piece de 180 grs, 371
      • Chicken Bun Noodles
        1 bowl, 424
      • Nuoc Cham Sauce – 15 Ml
        15 mL, 10
      • Bun Bo Hue
        1 regular bowl, 465
      • Cơm Tấm Xào: Chicken No Rice Takeaway
        1 container, 18
      • Cơm Tấm Rice Takeaway Size
        1 container, 205
      • Takeaway Cà-ri: Chicken Inc. Rice
        1 takeaway carton, 1108
      • Phở Tôm With Chicken Stock
        1 Container, 346
      • Veggie Spring Roll – Cha Gio
        4 pieces, 274
      • Phở đặc Biệt
        1 Bowl, 440
      • Bun: Nem Nuong Pork Balls With All the Extras
        1 bowl, 647
      • Phở Xào: Tofu & Mushroom
        1 box, 411
      • Cube pour Pho
        1 cube, 66
      • Phở Chay (Tofu and Mushroom Soup)
        1 Big Bowl, 428
      • Pho Ga (Chicken Noodle Soup)
        1 bowl, 475
      • Pho Tai Nam
        1 bowl, 449