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 dishes, … [Read more...] about Is Vietnamese food really healthy?
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GM crops to cushion food security (31-03-2009) By Thu Hien Farmers in Le Loi District, Kon Tum Province harvest maize. The plan to introduce genetically modified crops in 2015 is expected to boost consumer choice. — VNA/VNS Photo Tran Le Lam HA NOI — The expected introduction of genetically modified plants into the Vietnamese market in 2015 will give consumers more choice, says director of the Agricultural Genetics Institute Associate Professor Le Huy Ham. Vietnamese scientists officially began studying genetically modified (GM) plants in 2006 with the Government's decision on the national biological technology programme. Prior to the official start, however, scientists had been making preparations for years. "Creation of a GM plant takes a minimum of seven to 10 years and on average costs at least US$50-100 million," says Ham. Some of the current GM plants that have been grown in country's laboratories include the GM papaya, developed at the Biological Technology … [Read more...] about GM crops to cushion food security
(VEN) - Vietnamese food has gained a reputation for its unique styles and flavors. Several types of Vietnamese food successfully have found success globally via domestic and foreign businesses. According to experts, Vietnamese food should be franchised to expand operations. Vietnamese food has become increasingly popular around the world. Recent market analysis by Franchise Mind, a company that provides consultancy services to franchise operators and TMA, the Thai business administration, show that Vietnamese food is regarded as delicious, nutritious and neither fatty or overly spicy. According to Franchise Mind director Harish Babla, Vietnamese food has four unique selling points. It has distinct characteristics in culinary culture, balanced nutrition, is not complicated to prepare and is supported by a large domestic market. It can be said that the use of fresh vegetables is a distinctive feature of Vietnamese food. Healthier eating has become a growing global tendency, with even … [Read more...] about Promoting Vietnamese food via franchising
Surging prices for staple foods in 2008 and 2010 may be just a foretaste of the future as the impacts of climate change and population growth combine, a report issued at the UN talks in Cancun said Wednesday. Between 2010 and 2050, the price of corn, also called maize, could rise by 42-131 per cent, that of rice by 11-78 per cent, and that of wheat by 17-67 per cent, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) said. These prices are dependent on a range of 15 scenarios whose factors are the state of the global economy, population growth and changes in rainfall and global temperatures, the think-tank said. "Climate change will cause lower rice yields all over the world in 2050, compared to a future without climate change," IFPRI warned. "One of the climate change scenarios results in substantial declines in maize exports in developed countries, but small increases in yields in developing nations. Wheat yields will fall in all regions, with the largest losses in … [Read more...] about Climate change to worsen food security, UN talks told
The world is running out of time to make sure there is enough food, water and energy to meet the needs of a rapidly growing population and to avoid sending up to 3 billion people into poverty, a UN report warned on Monday. As the world's population looks set to grow to nearly 9 billion by 2040 from 7 billion now, and the number of middle-class consumers increases by 3 billion over the next 20 years, the demand for resources will rise exponentially. Even by 2030, the world will need at least 50 percent more food, 45 percent more energy and 30 percent more water, according to U.N. estimates, at a time when a changing environment is creating new limits to supply. And if the world fails to tackle these problems, it risks condemning up to 3 billion people into poverty, the report said. Efforts towards sustainable development are neither fast enough nor deep enough, as well as suffering from a lack of political will, the United Nations' high-level panel on global sustainability … [Read more...] about World lacks enough food, fuel as population soars: U.N.