Then next came the Healthy Diet Pyramid in 1995. Singapore’s HPB introduced the dietary guide graphic, Healthy Diet Pyramid (Figure 1), to help the public in making healthier food choices. The Healthy Diet Pyramid was deemed to be more user-friendly for public education than the 1988 dietary guidelines, as it translated nutrients-based dietary guidelines into quantifiable recommendations based on actual foods.

The Healthy Diet Pyramid has since been updated over the years to better reflect the state of science, with the last update being in 2009 to incorporate whole-grains consumption (Figure 1).

Stay healthy and happy

The state of science relating to diet and health is constantly evolving and dietary guidelines should be kept up to-date. With any dietary guidelines in place, the bottom-line message is the importance of eating well and being physically active to stay healthy and happy.