"The 10 Worst 
Singaporean Foods for High Cholesterol" - A Health Advisory Guide 2023

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Food in our Singapore DNA

Singapore is renowned for its diverse and flavorful culinary landscape. However, some local delights, tempting as they are, can be detrimental to cholesterol levels, affecting cardiovascular health. In this article, which is optimized for search engine visibility, we unravel the 10 most unhealthy Singaporean foods that are bad for high cholesterol and provide alternatives to maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle.

1. Hainanese Chicken Rice

The rich and flavorful chicken rice is a national favorite but can be high in cholesterol due to the skin and the way it’s cooked. Opt for skinless chicken and less oily rice for a healthier version.

2. Char Kway Teow

This flavorful stir-fried noodle dish, laden with dark soy sauce, prawns, and cockles, is high in saturated fats and cholesterol. Choose versions with more vegetables and less oil to reduce unhealthy fat intake.

3. Laksa

The creamy coconut milk base in Laksa is saturated fat-rich, potentially elevating cholesterol levels. Opt for a smaller portion or a reduced-coconut version if available.

4. Nasi Lemak

Another coconut milk-based dish, Nasi Lemak with its fried accompaniments, is calorie-dense and high in saturated fats. Opt for grilled sides and reduce the intake of coconut milk rice.

5. Chilli Crab

Singapore’s iconic Chilli Crab is delicious but can be high in cholesterol due to the crabmeat and the rich, sweet, and spicy sauce. Enjoy in moderation and balance with steamed or grilled seafood options.

6. Hokkien Mee

This stir-fried noodle dish, rich in prawns and squid, is high in unhealthy fats and cholesterol. A balanced portion with more vegetables and lean protein can be a healthier alternative.

7. Roti Prata

This Indian-origin flatbread is usually fried and can be high in trans fats, contributing to high cholesterol. Opt for less oily versions or switch to whole-grain alternatives.

8. Bak Kut Teh

While the pork rib soup is high in flavor, it’s also high in saturated fats. Choose leaner cuts of meat and skim off excess fat from the soup for a heart-healthier choice.

9. Satay

These flavorful skewers, often paired with rich peanut sauce, can be high in saturated fats, especially if made with fatty cuts of meat. Opt for lean cuts and moderate the sauce intake.

10. Curry Puff

This savory pastry is often deep-fried, making it high in unhealthy fats. Baked or air-fried versions can be a healthier alternative, reducing the risk of high cholesterol.

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