Posted on | June 10, 2010 | 4 Comments
The saying is true that ‘You are what you eat’. I recently analysed a typical Singaporean diet to see the impact of the types of food being consumed and it’s impact on health concerns.
This is a sample of what I conclude as typical daily makan in Singapore:
It was not surprising to find that many people are taking in way too many calories for their survival needs – which is the major cause of weight gain. The average female only need 1200 calories /day and men 1500 / day – so consuming this diet every day will make it extremely hard to manage your weight.
Taking it one step further than just looking at calories – I created a week long eating plan where I chose a variety of meals in different combinations to analyse the sources of energy that are consumed.
During this week I only included dessert on 4 days, chose a variety of Singapore hawker food (including the healthy ones!), only 1 piece of fruit per day, only 1 sweet drink per day and no alcohol. This is what I believe to be a very conservative view of a typical Singaporean diet.
I was amazed to find out the enormity of carbohydrates, fat and salt consumed every week by Singaporeans.
It came to:
- A total of 1.5kg of carbohydrates which is the equivalent of 59 bowls of noodles
- 657 grams of fat which is 3 tubs of butter
- 34000 mg of salt which is the equivalent of 490 salt shakers of salt.
“You are what you eat”
The health implications arising from this diet include:
- Eating such a carbohydrate dominant diet makes it harder to lose weight and manage weight. All carbs are converted to sugar and if not used will be stored as body fat
- Carbohydrate heavy meals leave you craving sweets, feeling hungry, have poor energy and feel very tired 2 hours after eating (i.e. when the sugar rush is over)
- Eating large amounts of fat will cause Cholesterol levels to be high pills online which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke.
So if you currently have Weight Problems, High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure – assess your diet – make simple changes and I promise you your health will improve and weight loss will occur.