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How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Gluten

So you’ve been told that gluten is the antithesis of healthy living. Google searches involving the words “gluten” and “bad” yield thousands of articles branding this highly misunderstood substance as toxic. Let’s take a step back shall we?

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Up To 54% Of Ice In Saigon Found To Be Contaminated

From trà đá and cafe sữa đá to bia hơi, ice is an important element of beverage culture in Saigon. But according to a new study by the city’s Department of Food Hygiene and Safety, more than half of ice served in the city is contaminated with harmful bacteria.

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Beer Prices In Saigon Among The Cheapest On Earth: Index

According to the 2015 Beer Price Index, Saigon has some of the cheapest been in the world.

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[Video] What Happens When Vietnamese Try to Use a Condom for the First Time

You know sex education in Vietnam is lacking when a group of 20-somethings struggle mightily to unfurl a condom.

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Fake Rice Made With Plastic Has Allegedly Made Its Way To Vietnam

As if we didn’t have enough to worry about when it comes to local food safety, reports have surfaced that fake, plastic-based rice may have found its way into our food supply.

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Vietnam Moves to Ban Smoking at Weddings and Funerals

In a move to combat climbing smoking rates in Vietnam, heath officials have proposed banning the act at weddings and funerals.

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Saigon’s Golf Course Is Poisoning Local Residents: Experts

Unlike most golf courses, Saigon’s Tan Son Nhat Golf Course is located in the heart of a densely populated urban area where it poses a serious environmental threat to those living nearby. Local residents and experts have warned that the many chemicals used to keep the course in pristine shape are making their way into the local water supply and are causing “serious pollution to a large area nearby.”

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Vietnam Begins to Issue Fines for Helmetless Children on Motorbikes

Starting this week, Vietnamese traffic police officers will issue fines to motorbike drivers with helmetless children over six-years-old in tow.

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Medical Musings: Would You Like A Side Of Arsenic With That Rice?

In the last several years, there has been some talk about various chemicals found in the food supply here in Vietnam. You may remember bleach in bún and coconuts, MSG in everything, antibiotics in poultry and methanol in beer. Well, add one more to the list - arsenic in rice.

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Medical Musings: Beware Of Fake Alcohol In Vietnam

Vietnam drinks a lot of alcohol. In fact, it tops the list in Southeast Asia at nearly 3 billion liters yearly. While beer is the alcoholic beverage of choice for many, spirits are also a popular option.

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Medical Musings: Dengue Fever

Dengue fever is the most common mosquito-transmitted viral illness in the world. It is seen in Vietnam and over 120 other sub-tropical and tropical countries, wherever the Aedes aegypti mosquito is found. It prefers clean, fresh water and is more common in urban areas.

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