Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Thai Hatyai Bird Nest Soup (7Ps)


A few years ago,I met a professor from the food science department in a university from China and asked her something about the swiftlets bird nests products promoted in the market.

Thai Hatyai Swiftlets Bird Nest Soup
Bird Nest Soup (large Version) Creative Commons License

She told me although she couldn't say bird nests had no nutrition value but 100% sure that it must have been wildly exaggerated by the companies which produce the associated products or the salespersons who sell them.

Since then, I was no a believer in the products of Bird Nests. However, it is a huge industry in Southeast Asia where Indonesia, Malaysia & Thailand are all major players.

Last February when traveling to Southern Thailand's Hatyai the city is famous for bird nests, I tried my luck for the first time at a specialty products shop. As shown in the photo above, such a bowl of bird nest soup cost me a whopping 450Baht, or ~12 US dollars. Truly speaking, my feel was that the much-hyped bird nest soup is not even better than the sweet white fungus soup. So, no big deal!


Now I thought that Chinese professor could be right, read excerpts from madsci.org which was answering a reader's question What are nutrition values of bird's nest of oriental Collocalia sp.?
Chemical analyses by Massimo Marcone of the University of Guelph found that this bird's nest soup contains a protein similar to one found in eggs. He has found that this can lead to allergies. In fact, in Singapore, birds's nest soup is the leading cause of food allergies!

What you must realize is that this soup is simply hardened bird spit. Saliva is not nutritious, and bird's nest soup is no exception. It does contain some enzymes, salts, and mostly water. The saliva also contains some natural type of antibiotic. There is some research to see if the saliva can be used to control cell division. However, there really is no scientific evidence to justify any nutritional or health claims made for it.

In fact, it can be downright dangerous, as environmental contamination has turned up in bird's nest soup in Vietnam from arsenic. A Vietnamese man was poisoned from arsenic intoxication after consuming bird's nest soup! This was written up in the American Journal of Medical Sciences in April, 1999.


Oh, I probably would never buy expensive bird nests products again!

Scroll down for more pictures showing packed bird nests being sold At a Specialty Products Shop in Hatyai, Thailand
Bird Nest Sold At a Specialty Products Shop in Hatyai, Thailand
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Bird Nest Sold At a Specialty Products Shop in Hatyai, Thailand
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Bird Nest Sold At a Specialty Products Shop in Hatyai, Thailand
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Bird Nest Sold At a Specialty Products Shop in Hatyai, Thailand
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Bird Nest Sold At a Specialty Products Shop in Hatyai, Thailand
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Bird Nest Sold At a Specialty Products Shop in Hatyai, Thailand
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4 comments:

  1. You are absolutely right about what you have found in the market and the research by professor and university this definitely right!

    Bird's Nest that is available in the market has been bleached by chemical agents, even in reputable countries, before they are sold to consumers. These unethically businessmen are only concern with making profit out of people and don't care about the health for people.

    We did a lab test with an internationally recognize lab to explore the nutrient factors of 100% Pure bird's nest and discovered that there are several goodies in bird's nest which includes EGF, MSF and Amino Acides.

    http://www.purenessbirdnest.com.sg

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  2. I take it as sweet soup... and compare with the juck food, it is healthy and delicious~~~

    I used to buy bottles of bird nest soup like this as it is healthy and convenient:
    hongkong-bird-nest.50webs.com

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  3. I drank 2 cans of White Bird Nest everyday, but had no idea what benefits I was getting. Taste quite good and I knew it was good for me. I thought about how disgusting this type of ingredients would be, but am better than that, it benefited me more to drink besides its hard to get a hand on these expansive drink.

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  4. Tried this last year. Tastes really good... yeah, I thought it was gross at first, but wow, you won't regret it.

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