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Encourage stallholders to offer low-carb meals at low prices

Having noodles, rice or grain products for every meal is ingrained in our culture.

But do we really need such carbohydrates?

It is time to re-examine this issue and find a way to educate the public on the link between carbs and diabetes, and how they can eat only the recommended quantities every day.

The recommended quantities set forth by the American Diabetes Association might be too much for a diabetic in the first place.

Many Singaporeans have their daily meals at foodcourts and hawker centres.

Customers have the option of reducing the portion of carbs in their yong tau foo, chicken rice or mixed-vegetable rice.

Customers have the option of reducing the portion of carbs in their yong tau foo, chicken rice or mixed-vegetable rice. However, actually doing so is not so simple. Choices are generally limited. Brown rice options cost more, and few stalls give discounts when customers omit carbs.

However, actually doing so is not so simple. Choices are generally limited. Brown rice options cost more, and few stalls give discounts when customers omit carbs.

This does not sit well with cost-conscious Singaporeans who ask why they should pay the same price for reduced portions.

The Government might want to take a proactive approach in helping stallholders to provide this option, fiscally or otherwise.

Stallholders should be encouraged to provide diabetic-friendly options at attractively low prices, so no one feels penalised for making the right choices.

Lim Boon Song

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 27, 2018, with the headline 'Encourage stallholders to offer low-carb meals at low prices'. Print Edition | Subscribe