Asian food hub Malaysia takes on health eating - most unhealthy chain restaurant dishes
by：Two Eight 2019-10-12
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters)-
A traditional Malaysian diet containing high cholesterol coconut milk, clarified butter and sugar cane may be one of the world's most unhealthy dishes.
But the chef in the food
Crazy Malaysia claims to be an Asian food paradise and is reshaping local cuisine due to a sharp increase in obesity, diabetes and stroke cases in Muslim countries in Southeast Asia.
Fattening coconut milk is an important ingredient in Malaysia's spicy curry, but it is now transferred to the side of nutritious soy milk.
White rice is being replaced by brown rice, and green vegetables play a more important role in the menu of local restaurants.
Malaysian chef Ismail Ahmad changed the menu of the restaurant in an old bungalow in Kuala Lumpur, adding vegetables and reducing meat.
"People want to look good, they want to look healthy," 47-
At the age of one, he added braised tofu, ferns and bean sprouts to the menu.
"70% of my buffet dishes were meat.
Now I use more roots and vegetables, "Ismail added, adding that he reduced sugar and rice from his diet after fighting gout.
From delicious lobster noodles to rice noodles fried with lard from street vendors, Malaysian food is usually rich in cholesterol and fat and contains a lot of sugar and salt.
Eating is a national entertainment in a country where Malaysians usually drive miles to find deeper food.
Deep-fried snacks in the northern town of Ipoh or fried rice with curry in Penang.
But healthy eating is becoming popular.
Weight loss and healthy diet are popular from classic low
Protein diet to a stylish diet that eats certain foods or adds herbs to the dishes.
In a restaurant in the Malaysian capital, purple sugar cane restaurant, tea is a ingredient for all dishes from fish to shrimp.
"Our customers like things that are not greasy," said restaurant manager K. C. Tan . ".
"Tea is good for health and it can lower cholesterol and fat.
"Malaysia has good reason to limit the widespread use of fat and sugar in local foods, as it is one of the countries with the highest rates of diabetes, stroke and heart disease in Southeast Asia. In 2000, 7.
6% of Malaysians over the age of 20.
According to the World Health Organization, 82 million people have diabetes in a country with a population of nearly 24 million.
At about the same time, 6.
Indonesia has a population of 7% and 3.
8% of the population in Thailand has diabetes.
Experts blame the rise in health problems on the increasingly affluent, sedentary lifestyle and the growing trend of working mothers.
"In general, people eat more and eat more --
Hot food, "said Tan Yaohua, chairman of the Malaysian Dietitian Association.
"We need to be more active in education and teach the community the information to make a difference. ”More than two-
Government statistics show that 30 Malaysians over the age of 18 do not participate in the exercise.
The number of overweight adults in Malaysia has increased to 29.
Last year, it increased by 1 percentage point from 16 percentage points.
The number of obese people increased from 4 to 6 in 1996.
The same period is 4 to 14%.
At the same time, the cost of public health care is from 1 billion ringgit ($297. 4 million)in 1983 to 6.
3 billion ringgit in 2003.
Medical spending is expected to exceed 10 billion ringgit by 2010.
In Malaysia, the food is rich, cheap and easy to buy.
Night Market and fast service for bike vendors
Food available 24 hours a day
The hour restaurant provides Indian chatpatti bread and ginger tea for those who feel hungry at three in the morning.
In order to stop the consumption of unhealthy foods, the government banned fast food restaurants from advertising on children's TV programs.
Fast food chains also need to detail the cholesterol, fat and sugar levels of their goods.
On June, chef Bong Choi noticed a change in eating patterns and diners asked for less meat.
"People are more concerned about health now," said Bong, five.
Star Hotels in the capital of Malaysia.
But not everyone is willing to give up traditional Malaysian cuisine.
"Of course not," said S. C. Wong, a 34-
A one-year-old lawyer laughed at the idea of making a salad with fried noodles. “I love food.
I will die anyway, so I still have a good meal.