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COCA-COLA CHICKEN WINGS RECIPE / 可乐鸡翅 COOKING CHINESE FOOD

เธอเท Coke กระป๋องลงไปบน “ปีกไก่” ที่กำลังร้อน…ผลลัพธ์ที่ได้ คุณแทบจะไม่อยากเชื่อสายตา!

COCA-COLA THE COOKBOOK DIET COKE® CREPES

Adding Coke® to the batter makes these crepes extra fluffy and light. Served with fresh fruit, they make a great Sunday brunch treat.

COCA-COLA THE COOKBOOK - CHICKEN CURRY

Serve with freshly cooked basmati rice and a selection of garnishes

Health

No Harm to Health for a Sweet-tooth

From the most recent research and study on eating and drinking habits of Thai people conducted by the National Health Foundation (NHF), Thai people are more highly addicted to sweet taste, or consuming over 29 kilograms of sugar per year or 18 teaspoons per day on average. As a result, Thai people are prone to over 30% more risk of having diseases such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol! This result may make us wonder how many teaspoons of sugar we actually add to our food or drinks per day. In general, each person should not consume more than 4-8 teaspoons of sugar per day. Especially people of student age group, adults or the elderly, consumption of 3 teaspoons of sugar per day is considered maximum. Since it is pretty much impossible to refrain from sugar intake, it is imperative that we know about all of the types of sugar and sweeteners we consume on a daily basis. Let’s find out which types of sugar or sweetener can be beneficial for your health in such a way that you can “add the sweet taste without causing harm to your health”. Come and find out about the benefits of sugar and sweeteners as well as their sweetness.  

Refined Sugar

Refined sugar, be it white or brown, provides equivalent level of sweetness, which means 1 gram produces 4 kilocalories of energy, or equivalently, 1 teaspoon of refined sugar produces 19 kilocalories of energy. However, the nutritional values you get from each type of refined sugar are different.

•    White sugar is the product of sugarcane. Through processing and bleaching, sugarcane becomes white sugar with almost no vitamins or nutritional values left.

•    Brown sugar preserves more nutritional values in the sugar than its white counterpart, with some calcium, phosphorus and iron still remain.

Glycaemic Index of white and brown sugar is 73-75 which is considered high, meaning that it is not suitable for people on diet or with diabetes.

By comparing energy produced from the same quantity of refined sugar and sugarcane juice, sugarcane juice has more phosphorus and produces 5 times less energy than refined sugar. The reason is that, sugarcane juice contains quite a lot of water in its mixture but less calcium than refined sugar.

Palm Sugar or Coconut Sugar

Palm sugar or coconut sugar is the type of sugar produced from the sap of cut flower buds of the coconut palm. The sap collected undergoes a few processes and then simmered for its moisture content to be evaporated until it starts to transform into thick, sticky and sweet syrup. It is every Thai homemaker’s favourite condiment to have in the home. In addition to its sweetness, it is also aromatic. One teaspoon of palm sugar produces 18 kilocalories of energy, plus palm sugar is pretty nutritious, with some calcium, phosphorus and iron still intact.

Sweetened Condensed Milk

Sweetened condensed milk is a type of sweetener made from whey or milk serum, with water evaporated from the milk and sugar added until thick and sticky. One teaspoon of condensed milk produces 20 kilocalories of energy. When making comparison in terms of nutritional values, condensed milk provides extremely high energy. Though it contains more protein, fat, phosphorus, iron, vitamins B1, B2, C and A, than other types of sweeteners, it still is not considered staple. Condensed milk does not contain nutritional values like regular “milk” and children should not consume too much of condensed milk as it will lead to obesity and dental health problem.

Sugar Substitute / Artificial Sweetener

Sugar Substitute is the type of sweetener that is artificial or synthetic. It duplicates the taste of sugar and is an alternative for those on a diet or with diabetes. Artificial sweeteners that are generally found in the market are Saccharin, Cyclamate, Aspartame and Sucralose, all of which provides 200-600 times sweetness of taste than regular sugar while producing low energy. Most industrial use of sugar substitute is on food or beverage labelling with “Zero Calorie” or “No Sugar Added”, but is still able to maintain sweetness in the taste just as the regular counterpart. However, labels must be studied before purchasing the product, as it may provide from 0 up to 15 calories per package. For the purpose of food or beverage flavouring, some types of sugar substitute can be used to add flavour while heating; while some types must be added after the heated food is removed from the stove or when the beverage is below boiling point, otherwise sweetness may fade away.  

Honey

One teaspoon of honey produces 15 kilocalories of energy. Honey is different from other types of sweetener in such a way that it is rich with protein, energy, vitamins and mineral. The glycaemic index of honey is 55 which is considered moderate, and therefore, much better for health than white or brown sugar. Honey is, therefore, a great alternative for food or beverage flavouring for those on a diet. However, it should not be taken more than 6 teaspoons per day as it may become harmful to your health instead.  

Now that you know about the many types of sugar and sweetener, you must learn to measure the amount of sugar intake to ensure it remains beneficial to your health. Especially those with obesity and high blood pressure, you must be even more careful and set a goal for yourself by taking care of your nutritional intakes. By doing so, you can try to maintain the level of sugar at a normal level possible; maintain cholesterol at an appropriate level; maintain weight level and prevent any possible complications; and exercise on a regular basis, all of which will lead to a happy life. 

Sugar comes from both plants and animals. The plants that are a source of sugar are usually those with bulbs, with each type producing different quantity of sugar. Apart from sugar, there are also other nutrients in such plants, namely protein, fat, vitamins and minerals. Plants that are considered a source of sugar include all types of rice, taro, potato, corn, sugarcane, palm and coconut. Sugar from animals usually comes from milk and glycogen, which is a form of energy storage in the muscles and liver. It can be concluded that the level of sweetness and the quantity of sugar extracted from animals are far less than those from plants.