According to a National Nutritional Survey (Singapore) conducted in 2010, there has been a significant increase in the percentage of Singaporeans that consume excess calories, fats, sugar, sodium and insufficient dietary fibre as compared to 2004. As such, this has resulted in a growing number of Singaporeans developing chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and cancer.
With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, packaged foods have become a popular option for anyone looking for a quick fix. As we all know, most packaged foods come with nutritional labels. However, these labels can be very tricky to understand. Even if you opt for packaged foods that are supposedly of a “healthier choice”, they might sometimes be worse than those without the “healthy” label. Whether be it the unknown ingredients in the ingredient list or the never-ending numbers in the nutrition panel, label reading can be a difficult and confusing process. So, how can we better understand and read these food labels?
For instance, certain “Low-Fat” products are lower in fat calories, but higher in terms of sugar calories so as to compensate for the lack of fat. Common sugar can also be named as “Sucrose” or “Fructose” in the ingredient list. In addition, it is also important to know when to use “Per Serving” or “Per 100g”, when comparing the nutritional content between food products. In short, having a good understanding of these food labels can help you in selecting healthier food alternatives to store in your fridge, freezer and pantry.
With a healthier diet, you are thus, one step towards improving your overall health.
Come listen to our talk on “Healthy Food Almost Killed Me!” at RevOILution on August 20th. Get ready your shopping bag and be an informed shopper today.
Catch Ryan Ong’s ‘Healthy Food Almost Killed Me’ Workshop @ RevOILution on August 20th, 2016
Understanding food labels is crucial when trying to select healthier products. However, label-reading may be challenging to many due to confusing and contradictory information. To make your future grocery shopping experience easier, join Ryan for this sharing session and get a better understanding of the minefield that is food-labeling. Learn the basics of label-reading via health claims, ingredient lists and nutritional information. In addition, learn to differentiate nutritional focus with varying products as well as select healthier choices for common food products through a step-by-step guide