Is School Canteen Food Healthy?

July 16th, 2017

Under the Healthy Meals in Schools Programme by the Health Promotion Board (HPB), the meals now served in school canteens are subject to strict guidelines ensuring that students are offered more wholesome meals. School canteen food guidelines If your children are studying in a local institution, chances are that their schools are part of the Healthy Meals in Schools Programme, under which vendors are expected to follow strict guidelines given by the HPB. Below, we list some of the guidelines given. 1. Main meal must comprise food belonging to the 4 main food groups. Carbohydrates (eg. brown rice and wholemeal bread) Protein Fruit (at least ½ serving) Vegetables (at least 2 heaped dessert spoons) 2. Whole grains must be included. Rice: Include at least 20% of unpolished rice (eg. brown rice) Noodles: Include at least 20% of wholemeal/wholegrain option (e.g. wholemeal beehoon) Bread: Use only wholemeal/wholegrain bread 3. Use only skinless poultry and lean meat. 4. No selling of deep-fried food (including food that have been pre-fried) and preserved food (eg. sausages containing nitrites, luncheon meat, preserved vegetables). 5. Replace half or more of high-fat ingredients with reduced-fat alternatives (eg. mayonnaise with reduced-fat mayonnaise). Use only oils with the Healthier Choice Symbol. 6. Serve gravy/sauce only upon request. Upon request, serve only up to 2 dessert spoons of gravy/sauce. 7. Sell only drinks with less than 6g of sugar per 100ml. All drinks sweetened with intense sweeteners (eg. aspartame) are not to be sold. These guidelines help to ensure that the majority of students in Singapore are offered balanced meals with reduced fat, salt, and sugar. What is being served in school canteens? School canteens usually offer a wide variety of food. You can expect every canteen to have at least one rice stall, noodle stall, halal food stall and […]

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