The Malay Mail featured an item called Health values in delicacy
The main ingredient in bird’s nest of the popular Chinese dish is the saliva of the male sea swiftlet.
It is widely believed that the bird’s nest helps in beauty care and improve skin complexion. The delicacy is said to enhance the body’s immune system through cell division caused by the water-soluble glyco-protein and helps to heal illness among others, connected with the respiratory system such as chronic cough, asthma or throat infection.
It can also reduce fatigue, strengthen body’s self-regulating actions, resistance to disease, and provide superior food supplement for pregnant women and after childbirth.
Chemical analysis of edible bird’s nest reveals that the main constituents are about 60 per cent water-soluble proteins, water and traces of fat, carbohydrates, calcium, potassium and sodium.
It’s only bird spit people. I can’t understand the stupid obsession these people have in ingesting this item, at the expense of the poor birds (nests are raided and young swifts may die).
I challenge anyone to show evidence that ingesting “birds’ spit” is good for you…
Don’t believe me? Check out Dr. Liew’s opinion
Related MMR blogpost: It’s just saliva