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Lucky Food for Your Zodiac Sign to Have a PAW-perous New Year!

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Ready to get lucky? Heed popular Taiwanese Zodiac Master- Ai Er Fei’s (塔羅星座艾菲爾老师) advice then, and swing into the year of the golden dog with better luck, and most importantly health.


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Those Born in the Year of Rat or Pig

Advice from the Master:
Eat more green coloured food

Examples of Fruits:
Kiwi, Green Apples, Green Grapes, Honeydew Melon and Avocado

Examples of Vegetables:
Asparagus, Lettuce, Celery, Spinach, Broccoli, and French Beans

Examples of Fungus & Legumes:
Green Peas, Green Mung Beans, and Green Split Peas


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Green coloured fruits and vegetables contain the pigment-chlorophyll. In our system, the green foods represented those foods rich in isothiocyanates, which aids in the removal of carcinogenic compounds in our body by inducing the enzymes in the liver. Besides, green vegetables are good sources of vitamin K and folic acid. The former is essential in blood clot formation, while the latter is needed to prevent neural tube defects during pregnancy.

Related CNY snack:

Green Pea Cookies (53.33 calories per piece)

 

Those Born in the Year of Tiger or Rabbit

Advice from the Master:
Eat more red coloured food

Examples of Fruits:
Red Grapes, Strawberry, Watermelon, and Pomegranate

Examples of Vegetables:
Beetroot, Red Capsicum, Rhubarb and Red Cabbage

Examples of Fungus & Beans:
Red Kidney Beans, and Adzuki Beans


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Red foods are packed with the pigment-lycopene. Lycopene may inhibit the population of cancer cells in several ways, such as stimulating the immune system to battle the cancer cells, blocking the catastrophic action of free radicals in the body and lowering the potency of the male hormone testosterone, which can lead to prostate cancer.

 
Related CNY Snack: 
Chicken Bak Kwa (175 calories per piece, 45 g)
 

Those Born in the Year of Snake or Horse

 

Advice from the Master:
Eat more yellow coloured food

Examples of Fruits:
Pineapple, Yellow Fig, Yellow Kiwi, and Lemon

Examples of Vegetables:
Potatoes, Corn, Yellow Capsicum, and Winter Squash

Examples of Fungus & Legumes:
Yellow Split Peas


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Yellow coloured foods are rich in beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A. To see the full spectrum of light, our eyes need to produce certain pigments for the cones & rods in our retina to function properly. One of these pigments which are responsible for vision in the dim is rhodopsin. Rhodopsin is formed from Vitamin A cis retinal, and opsin. Thus, inadequate intake of Vitamin A may interfere with the production of rhodopsin, leading to night blindness. 

Related CNY Goodie:
Pineapple Tart (93.2 calories per piece, 20 g)

 

Those Born in the Year of Monkey or Rooster

Advice from the Master:
Eat more purple, black or blue coloured food

Examples of Fruits:
Prunes, Blackberries, Blackcurrants, and Elderberries

Examples of Vegetables:  
Brinjal, Purple Cabbage, Yam, and Purple Kohlrabi

Examples of Fungus & Legumes:
Shiitake Mushroom, Black Fungus, and Black Beans


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The blue or purple hues in the foods (stated above) are due primarily to their anthocyanin content. Studies show that anthocyanins may reduce the risk of heart disease by preventing clot formation. Remember to go towards the darker selections, as the darker the hue, the higher the anthocyanins content.

Related CNY Snack:
Black Melon Seeds (222.6 calories per 100 g)

 

Those Born in the Year of Ox, Dragon, Goat or Dog

Advice from the Master:
Eat more white, orange or yellow coloured food

Examples of Fruits:
Persimmon, Orange, Mango, Papaya, Banana, Pear, and Pomelo

Examples of Vegetables:
Sweet Potatoes, Carrot, Pumpkin, White Radish, and Cauliflower

Examples of Fungus & Legumes:
White Fungus, Shimeiji Mushroom, Chickpeas, and Alfalfa Sprouts


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White coloured fruit and vegetables contain ingredients like beta-glucan EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), SDG (Secoisolariciresinol diglucoside) and lignin which provide powerful immune system support. These ingredients also activate the natural destroyers for all substances dangerous for our body, B and T cells, thus reducing the risk of colon cancer, breast cancer and prostate.

Related CNY Snack:
Kueh Bangkit (15.24 calories per piece, 4 g)

 

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