Getting Singaporeans to eat healthier

From whole grains to less sugar, Singaporeans are eating healthier

A couple of kids looking at snacks in a vending machine. Aside from diabetes, unhealthy meals also push up rates of obesity, which, in turn, increases risks of other serious medical conditions such as cardiovascular diseases. Patrons having their mea
Patrons having their meals at a foodcourt. Six in 10 people in Singapore eat out at least four times a week.PHOTO: ST FILE

A push to eat more wholegrains and veggies. A blitz to cut down on oil and sugar intake. And now, the target is trans fats. Insight looks at the effort to get Singaporeans eating healthier and the impact they've had.

The surge in demand for wholegrain rice here about three years ago caught the Thai exporters by surprise, resulting in a temporary shortage of the healthier staple.

But there is now a steady supply as the interest in the more nutritious brown or red rice turned out not to be a flash-in-the-pan fad, and instead grew steadily, accounting now for about 8 per cent of all rice eaten here.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 16, 2019, with the headline 'Progress on eating healthier, but there's room to do more'. Print Edition | Subscribe