Help diners make informed choices

PHOTO: Help diners make informed choices

SINGAPORE - I applaud the Health Promotion Board for its plans to spend millions a year on subsidies to encourage food outlets to use healthier cooking oil ("Oil subsidies to promote healthier fare at food joints"; yesterday).

However, more can be done - first, by way of public education to publish more studies and data on the perils of consuming palm oil; and second, by making it mandatory for eateries to disclose the type of oil used in their food.

Consumers can then make informed decisions on which outlet to patronise and how much more they are willing to pay for food cooked with healthier oil.

Since many Singaporeans eat out daily, every little effort to consume healthier food goes a long way.

Albert Wong Kwan Wei