Dr Rafidah explained that frying food with lots of oil wasn’t healthy after Khairul Aming shared his recipe for green sambal and omelette.
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Food content creator Khairul Aming recently shared his recipe for Sambal Hijau Bilis and omelette.
While his followers look forward to seeing the recipes he comes up with, Dr Rafidah Abdullah, a consultant physician and nephrologist in Hospital Putrajaya, shared some advice.
She advised Khairul Aming to produce healthy food content because the video of him cooking sambal and the omelette used too much oil.
She also said frying food was unhealthy and wants more Malaysians to be aware of their food choices.
Salam KhairulAming. Saya berharap masakan akan datang adalah makanan sihat. Banyak sangat minyak ni. Goreng is not good. Harap lebih peka dengan masalah rakyat Malaysia. Kita tidak mahu kesihatan makin teruk, negara makin merundum. TK. https://t.co/vIjsh4lmTV— Dr Rafidah Abdullah (@rafidah72) April 1, 2023
However, her comments didn’t go down well with netizens who believe her comments were unwarranted.
Netizens said Khairul Aming isn’t responsible for the health of all Malaysians and also pointed out that he does have a separate Instagram account filled with healthy recipes.
A few of them added that making sambal without oil doesn’t make sense. A netizen explained that sambal is eaten in small amounts and not the whole pan.
Some people said it was unfair to single out Khairul Aming when the food options in the hospital cafeteria weren’t healthy either. They advised Dr Rafidah to fix the hospital food before targeting anyone else.
A netizen explained that there’s no good or bad food and it’s better to eat in moderation.
There were some good jokes from netizens too. The best came from a netizen telling Khairul Aming to put a slice of apple in each recipe because “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
Despite the criticism, a few netizens also showed support for the doctor. They believe she has seen how unhealthy Malaysians are in her line of work and was just doing her duty to remind others to care for their health.
However, others also believe Dr Rafidah should let Malaysians make their own choices as everyone is old enough to know for themselves.
Due to the backlash, Dr Rafidah apologised and explained that she wasn’t blaming Khairul Aming for causing Malaysians to be unhealthy.
She also hoped influencers will show the calorie content in their future content or works.
Apahal pulak khairul aming nak kena jaga kesihatan korang? Dia buat video masakan kau nak ikut, buat. Taknak ikut, pergi telan kubis sana. Even dia tak buat video pun mmg orang dah tahu sambal hijau tu guna banyak minyak baru sedap. Tiber pulak mention kat video orang— Abang Doyorks 🇵🇸 (@HafiyFathil) April 2, 2023
The point of sambal is to makan very very little, minuscuuuuuuule amount. That’s why you go padang restaurant the portions for the sambal hijau is tiny. Bagi cukup rasa only.— Nazeera Nasir 🏴 (@nzranasr) April 1, 2023
But maybe that’s just me la, that’s cause I can’t tahan pedas lol.
khairulaming mmg ada buat 2nd acc khas utk healthy meals/healthy diet. 30 hari 30 recipe ni mmg dia buat utk bulan puasa so cant be helped lah yg ada minyak2 tu tapi boleh follow ig ni for healthy meals content bukan dia tk pernah buat pic.twitter.com/2xRqn1LiXL— n (@nnishew) April 1, 2023
Unfair la mcm ini Doc. Sembang tentang masalah rakyat Malaysia ini, pernah doc survey cafeteria2 hospital kerajaan jual makanan yang bagaimana? Kalah level minyak & gula dalam makanan KA ini. Kalau cafeteria hospital sendiri tak boleh sajikan makanan sihat jgn hukum orang awam.— Walaun Priest (@weareulatbulus) April 1, 2023
As a doc you should know better there’s technically no bad and good food. Dieticians always preach this so that we don’t have unhealthy relationships with food. Instead there are good and bad ways of consuming foods (too much, too little, in moderation, often, sometimes etc)— Your Christine (@soffea_rahim) April 1, 2023
Kalau aku jadi khairulaming harini aku akan buat apple masak lemak cili api coz an apple a day keeps the doctor away— Zahid (@BenzZahid) April 2, 2023
Dia ni doktor. Prihatin dengan kesihatan rakyat Malaysia. Dia mesti tahu statistik penyakit di Malaysia ni apa, tinggi ke rendah ke. Sebab itu dia tegur. Yang ditegur khairul aming, yang gelabah bontot warganet.— RAIN (@Rainism08) April 1, 2023
Ada benarnya teguran doctor. Disamping memeriahkan bulan puasa dgn resepi maka KA boleh buat resipi sihat juga. Ramai akan ikut cuba.— Uncle Jazz (@UncleJazzman) April 1, 2023
lol let him be. we’re old enough to know what’s healthy and unhealthy. nak healthy sikit, reduce cooking oil, salt and etc. nak healthy banyak, pi makan grilled chicken w salad. https://t.co/vFHvbGMYIj— fiqah 🦄 ✨ (@fiqahrhmxx) April 1, 2023
Saya mohon maaf kerana saya nampak ramai yg salah anggap yg sy menuduh En Khairul Aming merosakkan kesihatan rakyat Malaysia. Dua ayat terakhir saya sepatutnya di para yg lain.— Dr Rafidah Abdullah (@rafidah72) April 2, 2023
Walaubagaimanapun, harapan saya video2 atau content2 mana2 influencer ada tertera kandungan kalori. https://t.co/4t9MzjfUwe