By Mable Tan
Not so long ago I discovered the word ‘nutraceutical’. When I looked it up it meant using food as medicine – the food you eat has the ability to heal you. This isn’t a foreign concept to me, the Chinese and Indians have been doing that for centuries. My mum was always brewing Chinese tonics and soups for us when I was growing up. Sadly, I took it for granted and never made the effort to learn the connection between food and health. Now as a thirty-something, I am more and more interested in studying ‘functional foods’. I would rather rely on food than on drugs or dietary supplements for good health.
How I became so intrigued by this came through two personal lessons. First, I was looking for a sustainable way of releasing excess weight. Over a span of eight years, I have put on about 15 kilos. And no matter how much I exercised (ran, yoga-ed, swam) and dieted, it would go and come back. You know how the story goes. It’s a tiresome one….