food portioning

Size does matter?

Do you know that if you are given a larger plate of food or a larger can drink, you would mindlessly eat more?

These days, there are so many food products from burgers to drinks with an upsized option. And clever marketing schemes would also promote that it is better for value!

For instance, if you are given a 500ml can of coconut water, you are likely to finish that can in one sitting. However, if you are only provided a 330ml can of coconut water, you would just be having that amount instead.

If you do not want to mindlessly overeat, choose a smaller package over the larger one. Likewise, choose a smaller plate over a larger one, so that the amount of food looks “more”. And, you might still feel peckish if you place the same quantity of food on a large plate.

Of course, if there is still room for seconds, you may go ahead!

Household Food Waste can be Managed Better

Yesterday was Earth Day! How did you play your part? These days, if you have realized, there is an increasing push for reducing wastage. Other than using reusable straws or paper products, do you know that we can play an important role to reduce food wastage as well?

Today, let us talk about food waste and how we can take baby steps to help the environment.

According to a study1 done between November 2016 to March 2017 of a sample size of 443 households by the National Environment Agency (NEA), food waste accounted for a whopping half of what each Singapore household throws daily! In addition, the amount of food waste that could have been avoided is a 2.5kg rice sack weekly from every household. Yikes!

Overbuying seems to be a culprit. When we buy too much and miss the expiry date, it goes down the rubbish chute. Here are some ways that you could adopt to prevent food wastage at home.  

#1. Food Portioning

Ever bought that huge bag of popcorn? And before you know it, it starts to turn soggy by repeated opening and closing. Then, poof! Off it goes right into the bin. Next time, portion them into small zip lock bags or airtight containers. Firstly, you could control how much you eat in one setting to get your health goals in check. Next, you are saving your buck from another huge bag of treats, already knowing that vicious cycle.

#2. Proper Food Storage

Dry foods remain dry and those that are meant to be chilled should be in the chiller! That way, you could be more rest assured that your food does not spoil that quickly. Note that the best before date on your food label is just a guide, use your five senses to check its freshness.

#3. Upsize? Hold On.

Consult the server on the portion sizes to determine how much to order. Do not ‘tabao in shock’. If damage is done, try sharing the dishes with your loved ones.

Let us make Earth Day, Earth Days.

1. NEA. https://www.nea.gov.sg/media/news/news/index/half-of-food-waste-thrown-away-by-singapore-households-can-be-prevented-nea-household-waste-study