Make Healthy Food & Grocery Choices

Healthier food choices made easy. Simply look out for the Healthier Choice Symbol and Healthier Dining Program identifiers for healthy food and grocery options.


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Nutri-Grade mark

The new Nutri-Grade mark helps you identify healthier packaged drinks, from Grade A being the lowest in sugar and saturated fat content, to Grade D being the highest.

Why was the Nutri-Grade mark developed?

High sugar intake is linked to an increased risk of obesity and diabetes. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends reducing sugar intake for better health. However, Singaporeans are consuming on average 12 teaspoons (or 60g) of sugar daily, with beverages, in particular packaged drinks, contributing to more than half of our daily sugar intake. This exceeds WHO’s recommended daily sugar intake of 10 teaspoons (or 50g).

In addition to sugar, saturated fats are often used in beverages within the Singapore market to improve the “mouth-feel” of the beverage. However, a high intake of saturated fats will impair insulin action1, which can increase the risk of diabetes.

Why was the Nutri-Grade mark developed?

The Ministry of Health (MOH) together with the Health Promotion Board (HPB) have introduced the Nutri-Grade mark to help consumers make more informed, healthier choices. It is mandatory for packaged drinks graded “C” and “D” to be labelled, with drinks graded “D“ subject to advertising prohibition measures due to the higher sugar and saturated fats content.

1UK Scientific Advisory Committee on Health: Saturated fats and health (2018); Meyer et al. (2001); Riserus, Willet and Hu

How to read the Nutri-Grade mark?

The mandatory nutrition label, called “Nutri-Grade” has four colour-coded grades. Grade A, corresponding to the lowest amounts of sugar and saturated fats, is in green. In addition to the grades, we can also find the sugar level of the beverage on the label as a percentage of the total volume. We can also compare the sugar levels within the same grade to help our purchasing decisions.

How to read the Nutri-Grade mark?Nutri-Grade beverages graded “A” or “B” can be spotted with the Nutri-Grade mark on its own, with only the Healthier Choice Symbol (HCS), or with both together on the product packaging. As it is not mandatory for Nutri-Grade A or B beverages to be labelled with the mark, some packaged drinks will not have the Nutri-Grade mark or HCS on them if they choose not to display the Nutri-Grade mark or have not signed up for HCS.

Nutri-Grade beverages graded “C” or “D” will be labelled with a Nutri-Grade mark on the front of its package so we can identify them easily.

Healthier Choice Symbol

Choosing healthier groceries

Shopping for healthier food choices? Just look out for the Healthier Choice Symbol (HCS). The HCS can be found on the packaging of more than 4,000 different food products across over 100 food categories - such as convenience meals, sauces, beverages, snacks and breakfast cereals. HCS makes it easier to find healthier choice products when we’re out shopping!

Healthier choice symbol

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As compared to regular products within the same category, products carrying the Healthier Choice Symbol (HCS) are generally higher in wholegrains, calcium, and lower in sodium, sugar, and saturated fat.

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Nutrition Information Panel

How do we use the Nutrition Information Panel (NIP)?

The NIP can help us make healthier food choices by showing us the amount of nutrients we are getting out of each serving of food.

Understanding the Nutrition Information Panel (NIP)
As the serving sizes of these two products differ, comparing them using the “per serving” values would be inaccurate.
  • We can make a fair comparison only by using values in the “per 100g” column.
  • Bread A contains lower fat, lower saturated fat, and higher dietary fibre than Bread B. Thus it is a healthier choice compared to Bread B.
Here’s a sample NIP for a pack of dried apricots:
Understanding the Nutrition Information Panel (NIP)
Understanding the Nutrition Information Panel (NIP)

If we are planning to eat a whole pack of dried apricots, we would be eating 4 servings.

Understanding the Nutrition Information Panel (NIP)

The calorie content is 106 kcal per serving, so the calorie intake for the entire packet would be 106 kcal x 4 servings = 424 kcal

Read this article to learn more about how serving sizes can help us figure out a suitable portion:
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Compare our nutritional intake against the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) to check if we are eating the optimal portions for our health.

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Healthier Dining Programme

Learning about the Healthier Dining Programme

Whether we are eating out, ordering takeaway or a delivery, there is a variety of healthier and delicious meals for our enjoyment.

Look out for healthier choice identifiers at hawker centres, restaurants, cafes, kiosks, and many more!

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Useful tools

Healthy 365 Meal Log Tool

Track your daily calorie intake easily with the Meal Log tool on the Healthy 365 app and understand your eating habits over time. You can then make necessary changes to improve your diet or achieve your weight management goals.

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Nutri-Grade A and B Drinks

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