MoH: Avoid high intakes of sugar, salt during Raya

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THE Ministry of Health yesterday reminded the public to practise healthy eating and avoid consuming high intakes of sugar and salt ahead of Hari Raya Aidil Fitri celebrations.

The ministry said members of the public should limit high sugar in food preparation such as dodol, wajid, cakes or biscuits; and opt for water or low-sugar diet drinks.

“While we enjoy these celebrations, we should not forget the lessons of Ramadhan when we need to be concerned with our health and the health of those around us. Let’s ensure that this Hari Raya, we provide a healthy meal for ourselves, our families and our guests, the ministry said in statement yesterday.

The ministry said the public can still enjoy healthy, homemade and delicious beverages by infusing water with cut fruits.

The public can also use ingredients such as fresh fruits rather than processed fruits. Dried fruits such as dates, raisins, apricot or prunes are good sugar replacers in biscuits, the ministry added.

The ministry also encouraged the public to limit high fat ingredients such as eggs, butter or ghee in preparation of cakes or biscuits.

Reducing the sugar quantity by half or three quarters of the original amount in baking cakes or biscuits was another suggestion.

“In our excitement to celebrate Hari Raya, we should not ignore our health. Hopefully, healthy eating habits (for example, control food intake) have been practised during Ramadhan and will be adopted even after Ramadhan.

“Day to day healthy practices will have a positive impact. Let us embrace Hari Raya with full of rewards and blessings,” the ministry added.

The Brunei Times