Could Fat Free Yogurt make you fatter?

Our culture is obsessed with fats and cholesterol. Everything is fat free or cholesterol free, even though those ingredients originally already don’t contain any of those. Worst still, products that tout themselves to fat free seems to tell the consumers that they are healthier and indeed consumers often see only “Fat Free” letters of the food item and assume that they are healthy for you.


Case to point, we all know the yogurt have a lot of good stuff for the body and many brands including the one above would attempt to sell you the good benefits of yogurt and reducing the fat and thus making it healthy. Really?


Turn over to the nutrition information and you will notice that instead of fats, it now has 23 gm of sugar! The recommended daily intake of sugar is only about 50 gm, a cup of this yogurt already 50% of your daily needs! Further more, we don’t know what type of sugar is used for the yogurt, does the sugar have a high glycemic index? Because the higher the index, the more rapid the blood sugar rises, causing increase in insulin and storage of fats in your body! And it is common for food producers to use high-fructose corn syrup but it has a higher glycemic index that just refined sugar (which are more expensive).

So instead of a healthy product, it is now loaded with sugar minus the fats, but it will still make your fat and unhealthy.



Is your coconut juice 100%?


For any regular consumer, we would assume that all these 3 brands just contain coconut juice water. However, only one of the brands in the photo is 100% coconut juice, The other two contains additional water and cane sugar. So inadvertently the consumer may be taking in additional sugar with those drinks.

I am not saying that the level of sugar is that much or harmful to health, of course.  Neither am I saying that any one of them are lying, since they never claim to be only all coconut juice.  At the end of the day, consumers needs to be educated by reading the ingredients list to know what they are buying into.

By the way, its the brand of the left of the photo, it only contains coconut juice,

Thailand Prepaid Sim: Choosing a data package

With the introduction of smartphone, travellers now have an increasing need for prepaid SIM with 3G or data services. For Thai travellers, there are 3 main telcos to consider: AIS, True & DTAC

Of the 3, DTAC probably offer the best package of them all and the easiest to use also. Coverage with Bangkok is generally acceptable so far.

  • For 299 baht, you get 1 week of data (with 1 GB cap after which speeds drop)
  • Or you can select 49 baht/day usage for shorter journeys, top up can be done at most convenient stores

I used True and AIS before.  True has really a difficult volume or hour based data usage per month/day. So if you get a monthly package, you cannot top up if you use up all the data until one month later. The closest you get to daily unlimit is the D1 package which gives you 2G for 24 hrs unlimited. But in terms of speed, I think true is the only provider with true 3G at the moment. Yes the other 3G rides on top of 2G spectrum and not a true 3G spectrum, so much for protests and Thai politics.

For AIS is easier, with volume based usage. You can top up once the volume is used up. But I had almost no connectivity when I was around Rama 3 at Narathiwas, which is still in town for me that last time I used it. So I ditch it, even though its the biggest Telco in Thailand. Please note that this was almost 1.5 years ago.

Also, an avid bird watcher friend mentioned that AIS signal remained available (with 2G) when trekking in the nature reserves whereas True and DTAC had no signals at all, not unexpected as AIS is the biggest in Thailand. So if you are heading out into the wilderness or outskirts, you should consider AIS.

Notable update 2013-05-08: 3G services has finally started to roll out in Thailand. In terms of connectivity, it might be different and better over time.  I believe the data packages may change with the roll out of 3G services; let’s wait and see. Prepaid SIM data package in Thailand