How to Choose Healthier Food in Singapore

February 4, 2012 by  
Filed under Health

If you wish to be successful in losing weight or having a healthier diet, it’s important to monitor the calories and nutrients of your food. The Singapore’s Health Promotion Board (HPB) has a useful online database that makes it easy for you to understand the energy and nutrient composition of over 1,000 food items available in Singapore, including:

  • Cereal based dishes (eg. Beehoon seafood soup, Nasi lemak, etc)
  • Meat based dishes (eg. Roasted duck, Curry chicken, etc)
  • Fish and seafood based dishes (eg. Chilli crab, Steamed pomfret, etc)
  • Vegetable based dishes (eg. Broccoli stir-fried , Spinach fried, etc)
  • Local cakes, desserts and snacks (eg. Almond jelly, Pandan chiffon cake, etc)
  • Egg based dishes (eg. Omelette oyster, Egg with tofu, etc)
  • Pulses based dishes (eg. Curry chickpeas, Longbeans with tempeh, etc)
  • Sauces, gravies and dressings (eg. Coconut milk, Oyster sauce, etc)
  • Beverages (eg. Coffee with sugar, Soyabean drink, etc)

With the database, you can search and compare the Energy, Protein, Total Fat, Saturated Fat, Cholesterol, Carbohydrate, Dietary Fibre, and Sodium for different food items.

You can also select the following nutrients to be displayed: Starch, Sugars, Monounsaturated fat, Polyunsaturated fat, Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Selenium, Vitamin A, Beta-Carotene, Retinol, Vitamin B1 (Thiamin), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin C, Water, and Trans fatty acids.

For example, if you are having lunch and choosing among these 3 dishes, here’s the energy and nutrient composition for each dish:

The Beehoon fish soup is a healthier choice over Fried egg noodles and Mee goreng, with less fat, cholesterol and sodium.

Check out the HPB online database and use it to choose healthier food today!

Images: Screenshots of HPB website

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