Vegetarian Fresh Fruit Low Shang

Yusheng , yee sang or yuu shang (simplified Chinese: 鱼生; pinyin: yúshēng) is a Chaozhou-style raw fish salad. It usually consists of strips of raw fish (most commonly salmon), mixed with shredded vegetables and a variety of sauces and condiments, among other ingredients. Yusheng literally means “raw fish” but since “fish ()” is commonly conflated with its homophone “abundance ()”, Yúshēng (鱼生) is interpreted as a homophone for Yúshēng (余升) meaning an increase in abundance. Therefore, yusheng is considered a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigor.

This dish is usually eaten on the seventh day of the New Year, but is eaten throughout the Chinese Lunar New Year nowadays. Most restaurants in Malaysia offer it even before Chinese New Year and at some places it is available throughout the year.

“Lo Hei” — tossing yusheng — is a Singaporean/Malaysian Chinese New Year custom for families and friends to gather around the table and, on cue, proceeding to toss the shredded ingredients into the air with chopsticks while saying 吉祥话 (Jíxiáng Huà, auspicious wishes) out loud to mark the start of a prosperous new year. It is said that the higher you toss, the more prosperous or more of what you wish for the year will be more likely to come true..(in a mad competition of out tossing, you will normally find pieces of good food flying out of the plate, so much for abundance.)

Here’s a yee shang recipe for those who like a new twist to the general fare and very suitable for vegetarians, by the courtesy of Nathalie Chu of Kepong, Malaysia who operates 2 holistic health clinics in Malaysia.

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present you with the Fresh Fruit ‘Low Shang’!


The fresh Fruit ‘Low Shang’ Ingredients

Apple – 1pc
Beetroot – 1pc
Carrot – 1pc
Cucumber – 1pc
Jambu Batu -2pc
Mango – 1pc
Grapefruits – 1pc
Kombu Toku
Longan Honey
Neu Vida Oil/Udo oil
Pineapple sauce
Lemon ¼ pc
黄梨酱 Pineapple sauce
黄梨半粒 Pineapple – ½ pcs
蔗糖适量 Cane Sugar

Slice all the fruits and arrange it in a circular manner as per picture

Then add the pineapple sauce and cane sugar on top of it to taste


Start to mix or ‘low’ in Cantonese…while repeating ‘Shang hei’ which means ‘better fortune for the new year repeatedly or any other auspicious wishes like good health for the coming year and smooth sailing in all endeavours.


‘Low Hei’ in action…. toss it high high in the air !!!!


I’ll be away for Chinese New Year

To all you guys who has been logging in to my blog… first and foremost thank you for your visit….

My new year resolution would be … more comments and constructive advice or requests for the coming year….

I’ll be away for a week or more… for the Chinese Lunar New Year…..

So i’ll take this opportunity to wish everyone … a happy Chinese ‘NIU’ Year…

FYI – ‘niu’ is bull in Mandarin. Hopefully the market performs like the bull in this volatile 2009…. wishful thinking? You bet…..

See u in 7 or more……

*sob* I think I might be suffering from blogging and facebooking withdrawal symptoms…. maybe I would sneek out to starbucks for an hour or two whlist expecting the wrath of my gf…..

5+1 ways to BEAT Sress

Stress. A word on everyone’s lips in almost every minute of everyday. Outrageously positive people are not affected by it though OR they dare not admit it then suffer a burnout eventually.

Different people has different response to stress. Some like to lay back. Some go for more action orientated activities. Some just sleep it off (although I do not have that privilege.. the more I sleep the more tired I get…but I love to sleep.)

To the point. How to beat stress then? This is for people out there who has tried various methods and are just looking into more options.

Before…the 5+1 ways you should already consider to


Before that, let’s delve into some bio-chemistry. When the body is stressed, it releases much cortisol from the adrenal glands ( just above the kidneys) to cope with it. In prehistoric times, the only time cortisol is produce by the body is when a caveman is chased by a saber toothed tiger! But in modern times, cortisol production of the body is at a all time high! Why?

Pollution, free radicals, radiation, datelines, traffic jams, your spouse?, bosses are all forms of modern time saber tooth tigers. But unlike the caveman they use up the cortisol by running away for his dear life. Do you remember running away from your boss when he drilled you for a job not done well? Get the point?

Cortisol not used by the body becomes destructive to the body, giving rise to inflammation and in the long run if kept unchecked various illnesses crop up, like cancer for example. Do you know that the history of cancer in the royal family in Japan is due to chronic stress?

So what’s the trick here?

We will keep it simple here. We will flank this stress thing from both side. Left jab and right hook then it’s down for good.

Left jab = Control cortisol levels

Right hook = Increases endorphin production

Let’s begin with the 5+1 ways to beat the hell out of


#1 Breathing Exercise

Take a breather. Breathing exercise requires concentration. Concentrate on your breathing. It will seem hard at first. You will find your mind drifting back to the problem but practice makes perfect.

How? When you inhale, expand your stomach area. Inhale for 4 seconds. Then exhale thru your mouth, make a little pout and exhale for 8 seconds. Repeat ten times. If you don’t feel better already, relax and repeat one more round.

Outcome : More stable frame of mind. Able to make more conscious and rational decision in response to the situation (in scientific terms, the opposite is called amydala hijack).

Hey, this works when your blood pressure gets too high too!

Word of caution! In situations when you are in a heated argument. Do the opposite. Exhale then inhale. I am afraid if you inhale first you might hold it for too long and release the carbon dioxide in a explosion with expletive added. J

#2 Have a drink

Yey! You heard it right… go for a drink…any drink … responsibly.

Recommended drinks …

English tea, chamomile tea, green tea – antioxidants to reduce the free radicals.

Ginseng tea – Oriental way to de-stress and strengthen your body systems

Cocoa – the best food drug is chocolate, if you can’t eat ‘em, drink ‘em

Red wine – Get the kick of holding the wine glass elegantly and its heart healthy too!

and for you guys out there … BEER! – Cheers!

For this to work, drinking is not enough. Remember drinking alone makes Jack a dull boy. Invite friends! You need to talk and ramble to keep your mind off things.

Take care though, different partners require different topics… do not make the mistake of off loading your anger and troubles on another person…save them your woes.

Like a Bushism saying goes “There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.” – do that and your friend would be happy to reject your invitation.

Recommended topics for different relationships

Ex school mate – Old times, your life vs theirs, gossip of other ex school mates

Colleague – about that ignorant superior, about other colleagues, about other departments, other silly stuff

Boss? – about the marketing strategy?

Pub buddies – men and women issues.

Life partner, spouse – Your next holiday, the children

Your pet dog – Talk, talk, talk, it will lick you then yawn and sleep on your lap.

Evil? I know. What the hell you need to beat stress don’t you?

Remember DRINK responsibly.

#3 Self-Hypnosis

Tried and tested way with lots of evidence to back it up.

If you have not tried it before, take up a 3 day retreat course in it. Learn once and use it for life. Normally you can look it up in courses teaching NLP or EQ.

Buy a CD with sounds of nature like chirping of birds in the forest, streaming water with relaxing tones. Locked yourself up in a room, asked not to be disturbed for the next 30 minutes. Turn up the stereo. Volume to your liking. Close your eyes. Do the breathing exercise while relaxing your neck and shoulder. Just let yourself slum or you can sleep through it. Imagine yourself in that natural spot. Create a mental picture of the landscape. The greens. The crisp air. The gentle wind. Relax. Feel the healing energy of nature coursing down on you starting form the head slowly moving downwards to your very toes. If you have certain conditions like heart problems let the healing energy stay there for a while longer, acknowledging that it is being healed by the energy and it will get well soon. Relax. Be mindful of the breathing. If it lapses don’t fuss about it. Let your natural self take its course. At the end of the music, before you open your eyes spend some time by reminding yourself that you are grateful for what life has given you, give thanks to your Creator, spread your love to those around you. Open your eyes. Smile.

Alright you get the mental picture of it? If not, go for a retreat or course, the experience will stick to you forever.

Sounds too time consuming? Or even weird? Then you need other forms of self-hypnosis. I call it the SELF DENIAL METHOD FOR MODERN PEOPLE. Not in this post though. Will post it later. Stay tuned.

#4 Sex

From where I come from it is still a taboo to speak of it openly. I am from the modern thinking side of the society though.

First for some bio-chemistry, do you know why we feel better after exercise or a good laugh? A chemical known as endorphins is released by our brain into the bloodstream and this gives rise to feeling of happiness!! It’s known as the happy hormone!

And do you know when this hormone is released at its most? When you hit ORGASM! You heard it right, that great relief feeling you get and that shudder that comes after it, is pure primal satisfaction! Works for a quickie too!

Of course it takes two hands to clap. Satisfying one without another is no fun. Experiment what the other likes, what makes, then give and ye shall receive.

Don’t get naughty ideas though. I am in all support for one guy, one partner relationship. No hanky panky. But then again it’s your life. But remember, RUBBER FIRST! J

#5 Sauna

Got some money to spare? Pamper yourself then to a spa retreat. Relax and unwind as the masseur untie the knots in your muscles. Smell the invigorating aroma from various flower essence.

But before that, do an endorphin releasing stuff. A secret so well kept that many do it half heartedly and some even avoid it to go to the next room full of steam! You are right! The sauna! The Pandora Box of Endorphin Release!

The heat in the room is actually far infrared rays (FIR), and FIR has been studied so extensively that conventional medicine now acknowledges its usage in physiotherapy and rehabilitation. Main benefits of FIR are increasing micro-circulation, removal of toxins through sweat glands and relaxation.

It has been studied that FIR can mimic the effects of endorphin release similar to swimming. Hence it’s nickname ‘Happy Rays’.

The only downside to conventional saunas is that you are in a room full of heat. Oxygen is low and is not for those with a weak heart. So it is recommended that you look for a FIR sauna system that uses proprietary technology like ceramic semi conductors or ceramic panels that emits 4~14 micron of FIR for maximum health benefits.

I personally prefer the portable sauna though. Although you look like an ancient time criminal with the head jutting out of a box, it beats sitting in a stuffy small space anytime.

# +1

Get off your couch and Exercise!!!!!

Exercise = Sweat + Tired + Feeling good + Muscle ache and growth – Stress – Toxins

Unfortunately for the modern lifestyle, exercise has to take the backseat as we go around attending more urgent matters.

NO TIME… is the #1 excuse on the billboard. But does exercise really take that much time? Many tend to think so. When they think of exercise, running on treadmills for hours on end, going to the gym for classes, comes to mind. The truth is, exercise if done efficiently takes only 12 minutes of your time per day!

You read it right! 12 minutes! Don’t you have 12 minutes to spare in the morning, afternoon or evening? I wager if you have not been exercising those 12 minutes was spent on the couch with eyes fixated on the television.

This 12 minutes regimen I am suggesting can be done in the comfort of your home with no fancy equipment at all! Put your body to good use! That’s right, bodyweight exercises! There is loads of tips right off the Net that you can apply straight away. The only commitment here is ACTION everyday!

And you know what? Exercise improves your health physically and sexually too!

For more on bodyweight exercise, please visit this post.

Well…till next….happy beating stress at its own game!

Meat or Veggie? Your choice!

Are you a vegetarian? Are you a meat lover?

I am both. And if you are me, we are classified as omnivore.

Fancy thinking that the way we eat will lead us towards a healthy life free of illness. How ignorant can we be. As humans we are creatures of habits. Giving up meat!? Are you crazy!? I would starve half way through the day! You will fall ill and develop muscular degenerative disease without meat! My uncle died because he didn’t take meat.. the doctor said so… and loads and tons of, what I call, excuses.

Consider these facts below (the protein referred in these cases are casein protein)..

In an experiment involving liver cancer and protein consumption in two groups of laboratory rats. One group was given AF (aflatoxin, fungus produced carcinogen) and then fed with 20% protein. The second group was given the same level of AF and then fed diets containing only 5% protein. Every single rat fed 20% protein got liver cancer or its precursor lesions, but not a single animal fed a 5% protein diet got liver cancer or its precursor lesions. It was not a trivial difference; it was 100% versus 0%.

In another study, it was observed that foci development was almost entirely dependent on how much protein was consumed, regardless of how much aflatoxin was consumed.

Foci are precursor clusters of cells that grow into tumors. Although most foci do not become full-blown tumor cells, they are predictive of tumor development.

By watching foci develop and measuring how many there are and how big they become, they were able to indirectly learn how tumors also develop and what effect protein might have.

To add more weight to the theory that protein is the determinant in cancer growth, two groups of rats was given different doses of aflatoxin. The high-aflatoxin dose group was given low-protein diet and the low-aflatoxin toxin group was given high-protein diet. The results were remarkable!

Animals starting with the most cancer initiation (high-aflatoxin dose) developed substantially less foci when fed the 5% protein diet. In contrast, animals initiated with a
low-aflatoxin dose actually produced substantially more foci when subsequently fed the 20% protein diet.

The study was taken a step further by setting up a step-by-step sequence of experiment. All animals were dosed with the same amount of carcinogen, then alternatively fed either 5% to 20% dietary protein during the twelve-week promotion stage. This twelve-week promotion stage was divide into four periods of three weeks each. Period 1
represents weeks one to three, period 2 represents weeks four to six, and so on.

When animals were fed the 20% protein diet during periods 1 and 2 (20-20), foci continued to enlarge, as expected. But when animals were switched to the low-protein diet at the beginning of period 3 (20-20-5),there was a sharp decrease in foci development. And, when animals were subsequently switched back to the 20% protein diet during period 4 (20-20-5-20), foci development was turned on once again.

Several experiments were done simultaneously and they found that foci growth could be reversed, up and down, by switching the amount of protein being consumed, and at all stages of foci development.

The next question that you might be asking is, plants have protein too especially soy. Should I avoid that too?

In the experiments, the protein used was casein protein, which makes up 87%of cow’s milk protein. In another study, plant protein did not promote cancer growth even at higher
levels of intake. Gluten, protein of wheat, did not produce the same result as casein, even when fed the same 20% level! Soy protein diets also produced the same plant protein results.

Thank God for the China Study. People who read this book could look forward to better understanding of nutrition and how conventional medicine might not be the first choice when it comes to preserving your health. I am particularly taken in by the amount of effort put into this study that aims to prove that you can be healthy by eating the way you are supposed to.

I, for one, am changing to more veggies and whole food (whole food does not mean eating the whole chicken) and less on meat especially during dinner. Go get the book. It’s costs like RM61.00 but what it is about to reveal to you might save the life of you and your loved ones.

On another note … “Veggies are so boring. So tasteless.” If you are this type…. Go out and try some dishes from organic shops around your neighborhood, you will surely discover that natural plant based food can be tasty and adventurous at the same time. Remember though, if the dish comes out bland, it is the problem with the cook not the veggies…

Hard Boiled Eggs Recipe

I know it seems almost silly to have a recipe for boiled eggs, but I have found that many people boil their eggs for too long, decreasing the quality of protein and fat that properly cooked and raw eggs provide.

Here’s how to boil an egg to preserve as much of its health benefits as possible:

Place your eggs in a pot and add enough cold water to completely cover eggs. Allow this pot to sit on medium to medium-high heat until the water is just ready to boil. At this point, put a lid on the pot and take it off the heat completely, allowing it to rest on a part of your stove that is at room temperature. After 15 minutes, rinse well with lukewarm or room temperature water and peel. Voila – tasty and nutritious semi-hard boiled eggs!

Edward’s Take

That’s how I prepare my eggs. I was informed about this method two years back and I thought ..ohmygosh the wasted nutrition in the eggs that I have been eaten way back. I shared this way of preparing eggs in my health seminar. At first I was skeptical if it would be well received because it goes against the status quo of preparing eggs. Hey! The response was fantastic!!

The theory is that if you boil your water first and then put in the eggs.. the nutrition in the eggs will be SHOCKED and thus changes the egg’s nutrition chemical compounds… it’s just like turning on the shower and suddenly steamy hot water comes out, you go into a shock reflex mode.

Sure this method takes time for the eggs to go from liquid to hard boiled but nothing beats getting your money’s worth of nutrition.(I take my eggs half boiled with the egg yolk intact, because there is where all the nutrition is!)

Also remember buy Organic or free range eggs often. These eggs are of better quality unlike farmed eggs which is produced under stressful conditions of sick battery chickens.

Enjoy your eggs!

Full of S**t!!!!

Just something i got from my friend… have a good laugh….


p.s. To all managers or upper management out there.. thus letter reflects the lower management’s opinion of you.. so I suggest you had better get your *** to the ground floor… before you are labelled a bull full of s**t indefinitely…


I consider flaxseed as the best source of plant-based Omega 3 fatty acid which is also known as Alpha linolenic acid (ALA). I use it when available in my whey protein mix to help boost up in my essential fatty acids intake. I also find it particularly useful to ground some flaxseed to be added into cooked or steamed veggie dishes. The use of flaxseed in our diet is limitless. (have always wanted to try coating pieces of fish fillet or chicken fillet with flaxseed, wonder how it will turn out)

Let’s see what has flaxseed got to offer.

Well for a history lesson, flaxseed has been around for the last 4,000 years and has been known for its healthful benefits. Although gone into obscurity throughout the years, flaxseed is making a comeback with a vengeance. Many modern scientific studies concludes or suggests that flaxseed can be effective in combating LDL cholesterol, reduces triglycerides, blood pressure and even lower incidence of breast cancer.

Besides ALA, flaxseed has 2 other components lignan and fiber. Lignan is a type of phytoestrogen (antioxidant). This powerful property can bind estrogen receptors, hence inhibiting the onset of estrogen-stimulated breast cancer.

In a small Canadian study of 39 women, for example, researchers from the University of Toronto found that flaxseed may boost conventional treatment for breast cancer. In the study, reported in the American Institute for Cancer Research Newsletter in 1998, postmenopausal women with breast cancer ate either a plain muffin or a muffin ocntaining 25 grams of flaxseed oil every day for approximately five-and-a-half weeks. Of the 29 out of the 39 women who ate both muffins, researchers found reductions in the growth of their tumors.

There  is also research on populations which has higher amounts of lignan in their diets has lower incidence of breast cancer and colon cancer. Flaxseed is 100 times richer in lignan content than any other whole grains!

To appreciate the benefits of flaxseed, I would recommend that you look up Essential Fatty Acids andread more about it.

Other benefits of flaxseed includes:

  1. Helps protect the body against high blood pressure, inflammation, water retention, sticky platelets and lowered immune function.
  2. Studies show that Omega-3 fatty acids help lower cholesterol and blood triglycerides, and prevent clots in arteries, which may result in strokes, heart attacks and thromboses.
  3. Shortens recovery time for fatigued muscles after exertion.
  4. Increases the body’s production of energy and also increases stamina.
  5. Accelerates the healing of sprains and bruises.
  6. Eases weight loss in people afflicted with obesity.
  7. Stimulates brown fat cells and increases the metabolic rate making it easier to burn off fat.
  8. Improves the absorption of Calcium.
  9. Strengthens finger and toenails.
  10. Can improve eyesight and perception of colors.
  11. Can often improve the function of the liver.
  12. Can relieve the side effects and stop development of many forms of cancer.
  13. Can relieve some cases of Asthma.
  14. Helpful in the treatment of Eczema, Psoriasis, and Dandruff.
  15. Can relieve the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis. It can relieve the symptoms of Diabetes Mellitus.
  16. Can alleviate some allergies.
  17. Helps prevent Atherosclerosis (the accumulation of fatty deposits inside the blood vessels, especially the large and medium-sized arteries, that many people experience during the aging process).
  18. Lowers high blood pressure in Hypertension sufferers.
  19. Has been scientifically proven to treat some cases of depression.
  20. Can improve the mental function of many old age pensioners.
  21. Can help in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis.
  22. Has been proven to improve the behavior of Schizophrenics.
  23. Can relieve some cases of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) in females.

Point to note

alpha linolenic acid (ALA) found in flaxseed, an omega-3 fat that is a precursor to the form of omega-3 found in fish oils called eicosapentaenoic acid or EPA. Since the fats are found in their isolated form in flaxseed oil, it is a more concentrated source of ALA than the seeds themselves (although it doesn’t have the other nutrients that the seeds do). ALA, in addition to providing several beneficial effects of its own, can be converted in the body to EPA, thus providing EPA’s beneficial effects. For this conversion to readily take place, however, depends on the presence and activity of an enzyme called delta-6-destaurase, which, in some individuals, is less available or less active than in others. In addition, delta-6-desaturase function is inhibited in diabetes and by the consumption of saturated fat and alcohol. For these reasons, higher amounts of ALA-rich flaxseeds or its oil must be consumed to provide the same benefits as the omega-3 fats found in the oil of cold-water fish.

Sounds good? Try some today! Get it at your local organic store or if you prefer supplementation get your flaxseed oil from your reliable supplier.

In-depth nutrient analysis:

(Note: “–” indicates data is unavailable)


2.00 tbs

total weight

19.38 g

Basic Components







calories from fat


calories from saturated fat



3.78 g



6.64 g


dietary fiber

5.41 g


soluble fiber

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insoluble fiber

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other carbs

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fat – total

6.59 g


saturated fat

0.62 g


mono fat

1.33 g


poly fat

4.35 g


trans fatty acids

0.00 g


0.00 mg



1.70 g


0.68 g





vitamin A IU

0.00 IU


vitamin A RE

0.00 RE

A – carotenoid

0.00 RE


A – retinol

0.00 RE

A – beta carotene

0.00 mcg

thiamin – B1

0.03 mg


riboflavin – B2

0.03 mg


niacin – B3

0.27 mg


niacin equiv

0.27 mg

vitamin B6

0.18 mg


vitamin B12

0.00 mcg



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vitamin C

0.25 mg


vitamin D IU

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vitamin E alpha equiv

0.97 mg


vitamin E IU

1.44 IU

vitamin E mg

0.97 mg


53.86 mcg


vitamin K

0.00 mcg


pantothenic acid

0.30 mg







— mcg


38.56 mg



— mg


— mcg


0.20 mg



— mg


— mcg


1.21 mg



70.14 mg



0.64 mg



— mcg


96.49 mg



131.94 mg



1.07 mcg



6.59 mg



0.81 mg


Saturated Fats




4:0 butyric

0.00 g

6:0 caproic

0.00 g

8:0 caprylic

0.00 g

10:0 capric

0.00 g

12:0 lauric

0.00 g

14:0 myristic

0.00 g

15:0 pentadecanoic

0.00 g

16:0 palmitic

0.35 g

17:0 margaric

0.00 g

18:0 stearic

0.27 g

20:0 arachidic

0.00 g

22:0 behenate

0.00 g

24:0 lignoceric

0.00 g

Mono Fats




14:1 myristol

0.00 g

15:1 pentadecenoic

0.00 g

16:1 palmitol

0.00 g

17:1 heptadecenoic

0.00 g

18:1 oleic

1.33 g

20:1 eicosen

0.00 g

22:1 erucic

0.00 g

24:1 nervonic

0.00 g

Poly Fats




18:2 linoleic

0.84 g

18:3 linolenic

3.51 g

18:4 stearidon

0.00 g

20:3 eicosatrienoic

0.00 g

20:4 arachidon

0.00 g

20:5 EPA

0.00 g

22:5 DPA

0.00 g

22:6 DHA

0.00 g

Other Fats




omega 3 fatty acids

3.51 g


omega 6 fatty acids

0.84 g

Amino Acids





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0.00 g


0.00 mg

artif sweetener total

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0.00 mg


0.00 mg

sugar alcohol

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organic acids

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acetic acid

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citric acid

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lactic acid

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malic acid

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Note: The nutrient profiles provided in this website are derived from Food Processor for Windows, Version 7.60, by ESHA Research in Salem, Oregon, USA. Of the 21,629 food records contained in the ESHA foods database, most of them – including those of the World’s Healthiest Foods – lacked information for specific nutrients. The designation “–” was chosen to represent those nutrients for which there was no measurement included in the ESHA foods database.


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