Shopping in the supermarket can be quite the adventure. After all, there are so many choices that it becomes a “choice overload”. This eventually leads to decision fatigue, which explains why impulsive buys such as candy bars at the counter can be so hard to resist.
Luckily for the frazzled consumer, there are ways to discern if a certain food product is the healthier choice over other options. The Health Promotion Board came up with a series of Healthier Choice Symbols to qualify about 2600 different food products from over 60 food categories such as beverages and breakfast cereals so you can rest easy and eat healthier!
Here are the 6 nutrient-specific Healthier Choice logos to look out for:
While it’s worth noting that food products with the aforementioned Healthier Choice Symbols are healthier than others in similar food groups, excessive consumption can still cause weight gain so be sure to eat in moderation!
Fill half the plate with fruits and vegetables
Fill a quarter of the plate with whole-grains.
Fill a quarter of the plate with meat and others.
Use healthier oils.
On top of the recommendations laid out so far, you are also encouraged to limit your alcohol intake each day. A healthy adult male shouldn’t have more than 2 standard drinks a day while women are to have only 1 standard drink. A standard drink contains 10 grams of alcohol, so this means:
It might sound like a lot of work to keep up with My Healthy Plate on a daily basis, but with the Healthier Choice symbols, maintaining a healthier lifestyle is now a breeze so keep a look out for them!