NTUC Foodfare eateries to switch to healthier cooking oil
ALL NTUC Foodfare foodcourts and coffee shops will use healthier cooking oil in the next two to three years as part of an initiative to make healthy food more accessible and affordable.
Currently, just over a third of the food stalls in its 12 foodcourts and seven coffee shops are using the likes of canola and olive oil, which can lower levels of unhealthy cholesterol and reduce chances of heart problems. Many stall-holders rely on vegetable and palm oil but these will be phased out as their contracts end or are renewed.
The nutritional value of an oil depends on the type of fat it contains and the nutrients that can be found in it.
Tan Suee Chieh, group chief executive officer of NTUC Enterprise who announced the move yesterday, said: "This is not a decision ordinary businesses will make... we are trying to change behaviour."
He added that the new initiative to encourage people to eat and live healthily is part of NTUC Social Enterprises' 10-year plan to meet the changing social needs of Singaporeans.
FairPrice is also offering discounts of up to 15 per cent for some FairPrice house-brand healthy cooking oils which are certified with the Healthier Choice Symbol (HCS). The discounts started yesterday and will last till the end of the year.
Major stores will also have a section displaying HCS certified products in the next two months.
Health Minister Gan Kim Yong, who launched the initiative yesterday at Kallang Wave Mall, said it complements the Government's push to promote a healthy lifestyle.
"Healthy living... is important for everyone, and it is possible for every one of us to do this by making small changes to our day-to-day living," he noted.
"This could mean opting for healthier food when we eat out, incorporating healthier varieties of food at home or adding more physical activity, such as brisk walking, into our day."
Meanwhile children in NTUC First Campus' My First Skool pre-schools will be given stickers when they eat their share of fruit and vegetables each day.
NTUC IncomeShield policyholders who pass all four health-screening tests conducted by medical professionals will receive $50 shopping vouchers as an incentive to stay healthy.
Esther Yap, 50, a sales coordinator, said: "As I get older, I am more conscious of my health.
"It's good to know what oil the stall uses, and how many calories the dish has, so that people can moderate their food intake.
"I used to buy vegetable oil for cooking at home, any of the cheapest oils.
"But I changed to olive oil, after having being told that my cholesterol level was a bit high three months ago."