Breast milk is best for your baby

The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. After six months of age, infants should receive age appropriate foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.

DIABETES

Have Diabetes? Your snack choices matter.

Every choice matters. Learn tips on how you can make smarter snack choices everyday to help you make a big difference in managing diabetes.
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We've all been there, that peckish feeling where you just want to snack on something. For people with diabetes, that almost seems like a sinful act! Actually, it is possible to include snacks as part of diabetes meal plan. Read on for some helpful tips on snack choices – as always, do speak to your dietitian for further advice on your specific dietary requirements

CHOOSE THESE:

NUTS

Nuts are packed with nutrients such as protein, dietary fibre, vitamin E and minerals like magnesium and zinc. While relatively high in fat, nuts contain mostly unsaturated fat (or ‘good’ fat) which is helpful in the management of blood cholesterol levels.

Nonetheless, nuts are high in calories and should therefore be consumed in moderation. A guide for the appropriate amount is about a handful – for an even healthier option, go for unsweetened and unsalted nuts.

YOGHURT

All yoghurts are good sources of protein, calcium and several other vitamins and minerals. Plain yoghurt is a healthier option; you may want to consider Greek yoghurt, which has a thicker, creamier texture. You can choose to enjoy yoghurt as it is, use it as a dip for vegetable sticks, or toss in some berries for more nutritious goodness.

Take note that yoghurt contains naturally-occurring sugars, and thus contributes to your carbohydrate intake.

WATCH OUT FOR THESE:

FRIED FAVOURITES

From curry puff to “you tiao”, these common deep-fried indulgences are often high in calories, carbohydrates and fat. Frequently including these as snacks in the diet could have a negative impact on blood sugar and blood cholesterol levels, as well as affect weight management. Consider this: just one potato curry puff provides 332kcal, 37g carbohydrates and 18g fat.

SWEET TREATS

Sweet treats, from cakes and ice cream to local delights such as kuehs and dessert, are also generally not ideal snack choices for people with diabetes. These food items tend to have plenty of added sugars and may compromise blood sugar control. For example, a slice of banana cake has 19g of sugar (nearly 4 teaspoons), while a bowl of mango sago pomelo dessert contains 31g (more than 6 teaspoons).

SNACK FOR THOUGHT

A snack idea that you may wish to consider is a diabetes-specific formula. Such formulas are specially designed for people with diabetes to help manage blood sugar levels, and at the same time provide complete and balanced nutrition to meet the needs of your body. They taste delicious too! Consult your dietitian to find out how you can incorporate a diabetes-specific formula as a snack option in your meal plan.

So remember, simple daily choices can make a big difference. Take a step in the right direction today!

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