EATING healthily does not mean having to give up one's favourite foods, but just making small adjustments, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said at a Yishun family carnival on Sunday.

Speaking at the event at the Lower Seletar Reservoir Park, he acknowledged that Singaporeans would find it hard to give up their favourite, high-cholesterol or lemak lemak (fat or greasy) dishes.

'But when you eat laksa, eat the noodles and leave the gravy behind. When you eat satay, dont't put so much kuah (sauce), just eat the meat.

'And when you eat roti prata, maybe have it with vegetable curry instead of mutton curry,' he suggested to laughter.

These small compromises can make a big difference to leading healthier, happier lives, he said.

Organised by the Malay Activities Executive Committees in Ang Mo Kio GRC and Yio Chu Kang constituency, the carnival's theme was promoting healthy families.

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