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FDA’s nutritional database goes online
吃什麼才「瘦」得了 衛生署資料庫上雲端

Children eat porridge in Quezon City, Philippines on March 18.

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Flat rice noodles or yellow Taiwan noodles? Which one is less likely to make you fatter? Now you do not necessarily have to ask a nutritionist. You can go online to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new database of nutritional facts for foods in Taiwan. After doing a search on the site, you will discover that although yellow Taiwan noodles has the word “oil’ in its Chinese name you mian it also has a higher water content, so if you do not add extra oil or sauce to it, the same amount of yellow Taiwan noodles can have less calories than flat rice noodles.

Many people do not know what to eat to be healthy and lose weight. Last Wednesday the Department of Health’s FDA took its new Web site for nutritional facts about foods in Taiwan online on a trial basis (

The FDA announced its new version of “Nutrition through the Life Cycle” last Wednesday ( Whether it is for school-aged children or the elderly, there are essential facts available on the site about what you should eat. For example, young boys and girls between the age of 13 and 15 need 2,000 calories a day, and every meal should have at least one bowl of rice or some other food from the grains group to serve as a staple food.

Except during puberty, the average adult can use his or her weight to estimate how many calories they need. Generally speaking, if one does not usually get much exercise and you lead a relatively sedentary lifestyle, you should burn 30 calories a day for every kilogram of your total weight, so a young lady who only weighs 40kg should take in around 1,200 calories per day.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)






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