Healthier eating habits commendable: Khaw

Woman shops for groceries at a supermarket in Singapore

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans appear to be eating healthier, going by their preference for white meat and vegetables.

Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan described this as "commendable".

"As a former Health Minister and a vegetarian, I say, well done Singaporeans! Have a healthy year ahead," Mr Khaw wrote in his blog on Friday.

Mr Khaw highlighted in his blog the increase in total consumption patterns in 2010.

For chicken, consumption rose by 40 per cent — from 115,000 tonnes to 161,500 tonnes. The increase was largely in frozen chicken.

In terms of per capita consumption, chicken topped the chart at 32 kilogrammes.

It was followed by fish at 21 kilogrammes and pork at 20 kilogrammes.

Several notches down were beef at 4 kilogrammes and mutton at 2 kilogrammes.

Mr Khaw said from the health viewpoint, this preference for white meat is commendable.

He said even more commendable is the consumption, for vegetables.

At 96 kilogrammes in per capita consumption, vegetables exceeded all the meat items.

In line with Mr Khaw’s comments on healthy food habits, Minister of State for National Development Lee Yi Shyan has launched a Facebook drive to call for ideas to grow vegetables at home.

The drive is also part of Mr Lee’s efforts, involving residents and other stakeholders, to pilot promising ideas that would enhance HDB living.

Members of public can email proposals to hdbbri_innovation@hdb.gov.sg.

More information on the drive can be found on the Facebook page: "Lee Yi Shyan — Cool Ideas for Better HDB Living".

— CNA/cc/wk