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Skip to 0 minutes and 14 seconds For drinks, most of us prefer sweeten drinks or sugar-added drinks. No matter which type of your sugar choice is, added sugars are not good for health. Cane sugar is a common type of sugar that we consume. Fructose can be widely found in any market. Also, excessive sugar can cause toothache easily. If our body will consume excessive sugar those sugar will be turned into body fat. The intake of excessive sugar might cause weight gain and obesity. In addition, excessive sugar can cause visceral fat, a type of body fat that’s stored within the abdominal cavity wrapped around major organs like the liver.

Skip to 0 minutes and 52 seconds High levels of visceral fat can result in metabolic disturbances and increased risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes Besides, we tend to consume too much processed food. Some food additives are obviously harmful to health. Food additives include food coloring, stabilizing, and preservatives. As you may already know that food additives are some macro-molecules and they melt in water easily. So, too many food additives might cause increased vascular volume, therefore, raising blood pressure, it might also burden renal excretion. Therefore, we should choose to eat fresh food as possible and reduce the intake of the processed food. In Asia culture, “all-you-can-eat” restaurants are popular. This type of restaurant can satisfy consumer’s desire of eating the most at the same price.

Skip to 1 minute and 54 seconds All-you-can-eat restaurants cause people eating too much Overeating can lead to many problems of health. Another hidden risk of cuisine culture in Taiwan is the street food vendor or night market. Street food vendors bring us convenient, fast, easy, affordable and delicious food but we need to pay attention on its food hygiene management. Furthermore, in Taiwan, people can get medicine at clinics or hospital very conviently Aside from treating medicine as a cure, medicinal wine and food therapy is also another type of our eating culture. In fact, the nutrition that our body cells require is from all kinds of nutrition, instead of medicine.

Skip to 2 minutes and 31 seconds Medicine is used to control symptoms when we are ill but usually, we do not need to have too much medicine. I believe that relying too much on food therapy is not a healthy eating culture. Organic food and natural organic diet are popular in Taiwan. Organic food has advantages, for instance, non-persistent pesticide or less pesticide. However, the health of our body is not only relied only on upon organic food and natural organic diet to satisfy our body the nutrition needs, instead, it relies on various types of foods. Therefore, addiction to an organic diet without the proper guide might lead to imbalanced because of these wrongful choices.

Skip to 3 minutes and 11 seconds At the countryside of Taiwan where the medical resource is scarce, people turn to incorrect medical superstition With no substantial medical research to support people believe drinking urine, swallowing black beans or fasting are good to health. It is important to consult a professional nutritionist to properly assess the demand for our health. Without proper health information, may lead you to more serious health problem.

Crisis 1: Imbalanced Diet

Continuing with the imbalanced diet problem, Prof. Hsieh will explain health problems caused by excessive sugar intake.

Eating too much added sugar can have many negative health effects. An excess of sweetened foods and beverages can lead to weight gain, blood sugar problems and an increased risk of heart disease, among other dangerous conditions

Other common modern lifestyle health problems include eating too much processed food, food additives, overeating, food hygiene, as well as incorrect medical superstition.

How can we promote a healthy lifestyle? Do you have any suggestions for changing an unhealthy diet? If you are comfortable to share any idea, do comments below.

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