These Singapore Hawker Foods Are Not As Unhealthy As You Think!

Chicken rice or duck rice? A dietitian tells us the better options at hawker centres.

Hawker food is not all bad. Pick the lesser evil and use these calorie-saving tips! By Li Yuling

You don’t have to swear off all your favourite indulgences at the hawker centre. The trick? Make smarter choices among the baddies so you get more nutrients, says Jaclyn Reutens, dietitian at Aptima Nutrition & Sports Consultants. And, cap your portions at 400 calories for the main course and 200 calories for a snack, she says. In other words: Don't finish all of it. For example, if a typical serving of duck rice has 672 calories, eat about two-thirds of it.

“An average Asian woman with a sedentary nine-to-five lifestyle needs about 1,600 calories, 50 grams of fat and less than 18 grams of saturated fat (or sat fat) in her daily diet, so remember to keep these treats to not more than once a week,” says Jaclyn. Here she casts her verdict among 10 pairs of popular local dishes, and tells us which ones are healthier. 

Get ready for some surprises!

(Note: Analysis is based on standard serving sizes and nutritional data from the Health Promotion Board of Singapore.

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