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Happy New Year 2018!

 

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." — Aristotle

 

NO TO PRESERVATIVES !

NO TO PRESERVATIVES !

Preservatives are harmful to human health, that is why AlGourmet is committed not to use any preservatives. Our meals are 100% made with natural and nutritional ingredients.

Preservatives are chemicals used to keep food fresh. Although there are a number of different types of food preservatives, antimicrobials, antioxidants, and products that slow the natural ripening process are some of the most common. Despite their important function, preservatives can pose a number of serious health risks.

Increased Risk of Cancer

Cancer is a serious side effect associated with the use of preservatives. In fact, the National Toxicology Program reports that propyl gallate -- a preservative commonly used to stabilize certain cosmetics and foods containing fat -- may cause tumors in the brain, thyroid and pancreas. Similarly, InChem -- an organization that provides peer-reviewed information on chemicals and contaminants -- notes that nitrosames, including nitrates and nitrites, can lead to the development of certain cancer-causing compounds as they interact with natural stomach acids. Nitrosamines are found in a variety of foods, including cured meat, beer and nonfat dried milk.

Hyperactivity in Children

Hyperactivity in children is another possible side effect associated with the use of preservatives. A study published in 2004 in "Archives of Disease in Childhood" noted a significant increase in hyperactive behavior in 3-year-olds who took benzoate preservatives. Children who were enrolled in the study also demonstrated a decrease in hyperactive behavior after they stopped taking benzoate preservatives. While benzoates can be found in a number of foods, they are often used to preserve acidic foods and beverages, like soda, pickles and fruit juice.

Reduced Heart Health

Some people may experience damage to their heart as a result of preservative use, reports InChem. Sodium nitrates can cause blood vessels to narrow and become stiffer. In addition, nitrates may affect the way the body processes sugar and may be to blame for the development of some types of diabetes, the Harvard School of Public Health notes.

Avoiding Preservatives

Cutting preservatives entirely from your diet may be difficult. However, reducing their intake as much as possible can be beneficial for those who want to avoid chronic health conditions. Incorporating fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy into your diet is an effective way to reduce preservative intake. Read the labels on packaged foods to identify sources of nitrates, benzoates, propyl gallates and other dangerous preservatives. For example, the University of Texas MD Anderson Center reports that cured or smoked foods -- which typically include preservatives -- will likely list nitrates or nitrites on the ingredient list.

 

source: Live Strong, K.Vera, 2015  http://www.livestrong.com/article/29302-dangers-preservatives/

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LAZY BUT HEALTHY

LAZY BUT HEALTHY

Thanks to its large Muslim population and the dynamism of its halal market, the fastest growing segment of Europe is its Halal food market.  France, Germany, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Spain and Italy have significant Muslim populations, but these populations originated from different countries and regions. Food habits of these diverse populations are extremely different.

Young Muslim consumers are now demanding visibility of ready-to-eat products in supermarket shelves, more precision in the quality and composition of the recipes, and appropriate halal certification.

If you are a part of the Young Muslim population, you may be well-aware of what happens once you say goodbye to your comfortable nest. You are made to fend for yourself out there in the real world one day at a time. Apart from studying, doing your own laundry, dishes, keeping your room clean - all become a part of your to-do list. All of these tasks are manageable and can be handled with ease, even with a slight case of procrastination.

But cooking at the end of a tiring day? Now that may seem to put you in a fix. You then begin to rely on restaurants as your food source. However, if you are a part of the Muslim-majority, you may also be aware of the troubles that come along with finding Halal food, and even if you do find Halal food, chances are that it most likely belongs to the category of junk food. And after a while, even you begin to realise that heavy reliance on junk food is not a good solution. There is also a likelihood that differences may exist in the food options that are provided to Muslim consumers and Non-Muslim consumers. 

Filled with the need to eat healthy food, you have one option before you – which is cooking homemade food. But procrastination may seem to be your worst enemy and keep you from entering the kitchen. Or horrible past experiences may also haunt you, every time you decide to enter the kitchen.

Whatever be your situation, at Al Gourmet, we recognise your need for quick and easy meals, without compromising on nutrition. We thus present to you - our Young Muslim population - the world’s first Halal ready-to-eat meals.  We also believe in serving you gourmet meals based on the local cuisines of regions you may reside in. That way, you also get an opportunity to taste diverse cuisines comprising of 100% Halal meats.

So now, enjoy quick and nutritious meals, gourmet-style, without having to worry about whether what you are eating is Halal or not. Happy Eating!

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Happy Pineapple Day

Happy Pineapple Day

Today at #AlGourmet, we are celebrating #PineappleDay! Pineapple is sweet and tangy on its own and practically the definition of the word ‘tropical’. Want to make something tropical? Put a slice of this fruit on it! The greatest myth about this fruit is, it doesn’t grow on a tree. Didn’t know that? You’re hardly alone. On this day we bring you 6 such interesting facts about Pineapple.
  1. It takes almost 3 years for a single pineapple to reach maturation and each pineapple plant only produces just one pineapple. Which makes the price tag a bit more understandable.
  2. You can grow a pineapple plant by twisting the crown off a store bought pineapple, allowing it to dry for 2-3 days, and then planting it.
  3. Pineapple is good for colds and coughs. They are packed with Vitamin Cand all the flu fighting goodness you'd expect to get from oranges except pineapples have something EXTRA special! Bromelain, an enzyme which is found in pineapples, is excellent for digestion & has been found to help suppress coughs & loosen mucus
  4. Pineapple plants have really pretty flowers.The pineapple plant’s flowers — which can vary from lavender to bright red — produce berries that actually coalesce together around the fruit’s core. So the pineapple fruit itself is actually a bunch of “fruitlets” fused together.Plucking pf Pineapples in Thailand
  5. Although the fruit originated in South America, the majority of the world’s pineapples now come from Southeast Asia.Namely the Philippines and Thailand. For the freshest pineapples in the U.S., look for Costa Rica- or Hawaii-grown pineapples.
  6. They’ve influenced Hawaii slang. When it drizzles on a sunny day in Hawaii, locals call it “pineapple juice.” And when older parents are “surprised” by a pregnancy, the baby is called a “ratoon crop,” the bonus fruit that grows after a pineapple plant’s initial harvest.

An apple that isn't an apple, a pine that isn't a pine. That's right, we are talking about #PIneapple!

More travelling far due to Muslim-friendly facilities

IPOH: More Malaysian Muslims are now travelling abroad for their holidays due to better facilities at the countries that suit their needs.

Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) Perak Chapter deputy chairman Ken Chong said there had been higher demand for Muslim tour packages in the past few years.

“These packages include all-halal cuisine, prayer stops and Muslim tour guides who speak English. Apart from Middle Eastern countries and China, other favourite destinations include South Korea, Japan, Australia and Vietnam,” he said.

“Japan is the latest country to have improved facilities to cater to Muslim travellers,” he told a press conference to announce the 22nd Perak MATTA Fair to be held at Ipoh Parade shopping centre from Sept 2 to 4.

Fair committee member Mohamad Hisam Mohamad Yusof said many countries, including cities in Vietnam and Thailand, had halal restaurants now.

“Aside from China, which has one of the biggest Muslim populations in the world, many other countries have taken note of the needs of Muslim travellers.

“In Vietnam about six years ago, there weren’t any halal restaurants. There are now a handful of them, allowing travellers some options to choose from. Even Hong Kong has a substantial amount of halal eateries,” Mohamad Hisam said.

“Some hotels in Bangkok now have separate and certified halal kitchens while the airport in Japan has created a prayer room for Muslims,” he added.

Mohamad Hisam said the trend of Muslims travellers going abroad beyond the South-East Asian region was growing.

“Most Malaysian Muslims used to travel locally. They then began to travel within the South-East Asian region. They are now moving from one region to another,” he said

Tips to Travel Halal!

Traveling across the state or across the world can be exciting and a chance to re-charge your internal batteries, a welcome change of pace and scenery. Finding halal food in the sky or on the road, however, isn’t always as easy.

As a Muslim traveler, how can you ensure that you and your family are eating halal while traveling? Here are some simple steps you can take to find food that fits your halal lifestyle, and satisfies your appetite, Inshaallah.

  1. Prepare Ahead of Travel

Do a bit of research about your destination before you go, which can save you precious minutes during travel. Whether it’s travel for business or pleasure, you don’t want to waste time driving around in circles just to stop in and ask every third restaurant if they serve halal food.

  1. Enjoy the Destination, Eat Halal

Once you arrive, it’s time to soak in the fresh change of pace, scenery and people. When it’s time to dine, we have a perfect solution for you to enjoy Halal food while on the go! Carry #AlGourmet halal ready to eat meals on your travel and be assured that the food you are consuming is 100% halal.

  1. Relax, Halal Isn’t SO Difficult

Knowing that you’ve done everything possible to eat halal while traveling, you can really afford a piece of mind before and during your time away.

Islam isn’t difficult, and that includes eating #halal.