‘healthy foods’ that aren’t so healthy

Cereals offer very little protein and essential good quality fats, both of which we need to kick-start the day and feel satisfied.

Cereals offer very little protein and essential good quality fats, both of which we need to kick-start the day and feel satisfied. Image via Favim

Contributed by Libby Nathan

1. Agave nectar

Agave is touted as a healthy, low GI alternative to sugar and has tricked many into thinking they are making a healthy, guilt-free choice. But, it is actually very high in fructose, not too dissimilar to high fructose corn syrup (yuck). Excess fructose is converted to glucose which can then be stored as fat.

Alternatives: Get your sweetness from a little fruit (fresh or dried) or stevia. Use spices to add a little sweetness –Cinnamon tastes sweet and actually helps balance blood sugar levels! Vanilla bean powder is great too.

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my natural beauty essentials

Image via Rena Phuah

Image via Rena Phuah

Contributed by Rena Phuah

Ever since I was a teenager, I have been obsessed with makeup and beauty. Partly because of my acne-ridden teenage years, I’ve been on a quest for products to attain the flawless and airbrushed look of the girls in magazines. I have spent countless hours in drugstores trying out different foundations and lip-glosses (late 90s and early 2000s are all about lip-glosses) and splurged on MAC products every time I received pocket money from my parents or from cash earned from part-time jobs in college.

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