Let's get started! Hey there, what's your name? *

 
Which of the following is gluten-free? *





 
Nice one! You’re right!

Thosai is traditionally gluten-free, made out of a fermented rice and lentil batter! Barley, on the other hand, is one of three grains (rye and wheat are the other two) containing the protein, gluten. Similarly, the soy sauce base in teriyaki sauce is made from wheat while wonton noodles contain flour, making them both not suitable for those intolerant to gluten.
 
Shucks! Not quite.

Correct answer: Thosai
Thosai is traditionally gluten-free, made out of a fermented rice and lentil batter! Barley, on the other hand, is one of three grains (rye and wheat and the other two) containing the protein, gluten. Similarly, the soy sauce base in teriyaki sauce is made from wheat while wonton noodles contain flour, making them both not suitable for those intolerant to gluten.
 
Which bread has the lowest fat content? *





 
We’re impressed, let's see how far you can go!

Idli on average has 0.19g of fat per serving compared to 3g for chapati, 10g for roti canai and naan, which can have up to 20g! A great source of carbohydrates and proteins, idlis are made with fermented rice and black gram. The fermentation process increases its bioavailability of proteins and enhances its vitamin B content while the steaming keeps the fat content low.
 
Oops!

Correct answer: Idli
Idli on average has 0.19g of fat per serving compared to 3g for chapati, 10g for roti canai and naan, which can have up to 20g! A great source of carbohydrates and proteins, idlis are made with fermented rice and black gram. The fermentation process increases its bioavailability of proteins and enhances its vitamin B content while the steaming keeps the fat content low.
 
Which of the following is the healthiest substitute for table sugar? *





 
Yes! Looks like you know what’s good!

Palm sugar is one of the healthier sugar substitutes as it is unrefined, nutrient-rich, has a low-glycemic index of 35 (while honey has a GI at 55 and table sugar at 68). Best of all, palm sugar is available in abundance around Southeast Asia! Just make sure you’re buying pure palm sugar, check that it hasn’t been mixed with any other low-cost sweeteners.
 
This was a tricky one for sure.

Correct answer: Palm sugar
Palm sugar is one of the healthier sugar substitutes as it is unrefined, nutrient-rich, has a low-glycemic index of 35 (while honey has a GI at 55 and table sugar at 68). Best of all, palm sugar is available in abundance around Southeast Asia! Just make sure you’re buying pure palm sugar, check that it hasn’t been mixed with any other low-cost sweeteners.
 
Which Southeast Asian fresh fruit is packed with protein? *





 
Protein in fruits? It seems like you heard right!

Jackfruit has a whopping 1.7g of protein per 100g serving, making it one of highest in protein (for fruits). Now, compare that to the mere 0.6g of protein contained in the other fruits on the list. Next time you’re thinking of what to snack on post workout, go for juicy jackfruits!
 
Protein in fruits? Yup, you heard right.

Correct answer: Jackfruit
Jackfruit has a whopping 1.7g of protein per 100g serving, making it one of highest in protein (for fruits). Now, compare that to the mere 0.6g of protein contained in the other fruits on the list. Next time you’re thinking of what to snack on post workout, go for juicy jackfruits!
 
One plate of char tway keow makes up __% of your recommended daily value (DV) of fat *


 
You are on the right track!

With 744Kcal and 38g of fat per serving, a plate of char kway keow makes up 61% of your recommended daily value (DV) of fat (62g)!! Out of the 38g total fat, 29g (76%) is made up of saturated fats - the unhealthy type of fat you want to avoid as it can increase your LDL cholesterol level, which contributes to a high risk for heart diseases.
 
Yeah, it’s a shocker!

Correct answer: 61%
With 744Kcal and 38g of fat per serving, a plate of char kway keow makes up 61% of your recommended daily value (DV) of fat (62g)!! Out of the 38g total fat, 29g (76%) is made up of saturated fats - the unhealthy type of fat you want to avoid as it can increase your LDL cholesterol level, which contributes to a high risk for heart diseases.
 
Someone with high-cholesterol should avoid consuming coconut milk and coconut oil completely. *

     
 
You got it!

Yes, coconut oil and milk contain primarily saturated fat which may raise your overall cholesterol level, however, coconuts contain a healthy source of saturated fats with medium-chain triglycerides (unlike the unhealthy saturated fats in that plate of char kway teow that you should avoid). Coconut oil and milk actually help you lower cholesterol levels, improve blood pressure, and prevent heart attacks or a stroke.
(Tip: Don’t buy canned — buy fresh coconut milk! It is a locally abundant ingredient)
 
It might seem that way, but that’s a myth!

Correct answer: No
Yes, coconut oil and milk contain primarily saturated fat which may raise your overall cholesterol level, however, coconuts contain a healthy source of saturated fats with medium-chain triglycerides (unlike the unhealthy saturated fats in that plate of char kway teow that you should avoid). Coconut oil and milk actually help you lower cholesterol levels, improve blood pressure, and prevent heart attacks or a stroke.
(Tip: Don’t buy canned — buy fresh coconut milk! It is a locally abundant ingredient)
 
Which of the following is a possible effect of consuming MSG? *


 
You know your MSG!

Ingrained in many parts of the modern Asian diet, MSG (monosodium glutamate) enhances the flavour of food but at the cost of damages to your body. Over-stimulating our nervous system, MSG excites our nerves and causes an inflammatory response. It also leaves you unsatisfied, creating an addictive quality to the food that contains it.
 
This is true, but so are the other symptoms.

Correct answer: All of the above
Ingrained in many parts of the modern Asian diet, MSG (monosodium glutamate) enhances the flavour of food but at the cost of damages to your body. Over-stimulating our nervous system, MSG excites our nerves and causes an inflammatory response. It also leaves you unsatisfied, creating an addictive quality to the food that contains it.
 
Low-fat yoghurts have less sugar and are healthier than full-fat yoghurts. Yes or No? *

     
 
You’re so good at this!

The reality is that low-fat labeling is a marketing tactic often employed by companies to trick you into believing their products are a “healthier” option.
Low-fat foods have to compensate for the lack of fat by adding extra sugar to mask taste and consistency. Our daily limit for sugar is 6 teaspoons, yet some low-fat yogurts can have up to 5 teaspoons in each serving — that’s the same as 3 scoops of ice cream!!
 
Careful! It’s not what you think.

Correct answer: No
The reality is that low-fat labeling is a marketing tactic often employed by companies to trick you into believing their products are a “healthier” option.
Low-fat foods have to compensate for the lack of fat by adding extra sugar to mask taste and consistency. Our daily limit for sugar is 6 teaspoons, yet some low-fat yogurts can have up to 5 teaspoons in each serving — that’s the same as 3 scoops of ice cream!!
 
Which of the following produce contains the least amount of pesticide residue? *





 
That’s right!!

Part of the clean fifteen*, sweetcorn (along with avocados and pineapples) top the list of produce with the least amount of pesticide residue detected.
*The clean fifteen make up a list of produce you don’t necessarily have to buy organic, as they have the lowest levels of pesticide contamination.
 
Time to know your dirty dozen!

Correct answer: Sweetcorn.
Part of the clean fifteen*, sweetcorn (along with avocados and pineapples) top the list of produce with the least amount of pesticide residue detected.
*The clean fifteen make up a list of produce you don’t necessarily have buy organic, as they have the lowest levels of pesticide contamination.
 
If not available fresh, which is the best way to eat fruits? *





 
Indeed! Good job!

Usually, no sugars or chemicals are added to fruits before they are frozen — unlike the other 3 methods of preservation — making it the healthiest alternative. Frozen fruits are generally picked at peak ripeness when they are most nutritious and preserved by freezing, making it a great alternative for fruits that aren't local such as berries. Dried fruits may seem healthy but as they are dehydrated, their sugar content can be double or even triple that of fresh fruits.
 
This was a tricky one.

Correct answer: Frozen
Usually, no sugars or chemicals are added to fruits before they are frozen — unlike the other 3 methods of preservation — making it the healthiest alternative. Frozen fruits are generally picked at peak ripeness when they are most nutritious and preserved by freezing, making it a great alternative for fruits that aren't local such as berries. Dried fruits may seem healthy but as they are dehydrated, their sugar content can be double or even triple that of fresh fruits.
 
And you're done! But before you get your results please let us know what do you think about the quiz by rating it out of 5 stars






{{var_score}}/10
Keep At It!

You know the fundamentals, but there is still a long way to go. However, you are already ahead of everyone else by taking this quiz. Being aware of the “problem” and actively looking for solutions is the first step to a healthier lifestyle.

You’ll find that we have some awesome, in-depth articles on PurelyB that will help you as you expand your knowledge on health and wellness in Asia!

Become a master on living well with PurelyB!
Learn More >>
Powered by Typeform
{{var_score}}/10
You're Ahead of the Game!

Wow! You have above average knowledge on health and wellness in Southeast Asia. Your friends must come to you all the time for health advice. You’re doing a great job, so keep at it!

While your knowledge on eating healthy in Asia is applaudable, there is always more to learn. You’ll find that we have some awesome, in-depth articles on PurelyB that will help you complete your knowledge on health and wellness!
Become a master on living well with PurelyB!
Learn More >>
Powered by Typeform
{{var_score}}/10
We’re very impressed!

You’re dedicated to your health and it shows! When it comes to eating healthy in Asia, your extensive knowledge means you’re leading the pack. Health misconceptions don’t fool you and your awareness of the nutritional values of your favorite Asian foods is applaudable.

To make sure you’re always getting the best wellness information, make sure you keep up to date with PurelyB. You’ll find that we have awesome, in depth articles that will take your knowledge even further.

Test your friends to see how much they know! Share this quiz below.
Learn More >>
Powered by Typeform
Powered by Typeform