Saturday, 15 September 2018

Singaporeans are not eating enough vegetables – and health experts know why

According to the National Nutrition Survey, which was last done in 2010, it was revealed that nine in 10 Singaporeans do not eat enough fruit and vegetables.

“Most Singaporeans do not know how much vegetables they should eat daily. And they do not make the effort to try to achieve it,” said Jaclyn Reutens, clinical dietitian and founder of Aptima Nutrition & Sports Consultants.

So, what is the amount of vegetables you should be eating? According to the Health Promotion Board, it is two servings per day. And no, fries and that corn cup do not count since starchy or root vegetables are regarded more like rice or bread.

Read more on why you are not eating enough vegetables @

My 2 cents:
The easiest way to remember how much is one serving of food is roughly the size of your fist.

Note that some vegetables are actually fruits. Any vegetables that have seeds are technically fruits. They are called vegetables is because they do not taste sweet like conventional fruits. Therefore, for those vegetables with seeds, try to eat them raw as cooking will destroy their vitamins and other nutrients, espically vitamin C which will be destroyed at 70degC.

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