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What your eating habit tells about you

This is what your eating habit tells about you:

1. You're a heart-healthy eater if

* You limit fat intake by trimming fat off meat and using low fat dairy.

* You eat two to three servings of vegetables daily.

* You eat four or fewer servings of carb (rice, potatoes) and alternatives a day.

* You limit sweets and desserts but still eat them in small amounts.

Your risk of heart disease is lower than most people, thanks to your love of vegetables, fruit, lean meat and fish. However, you should eat more foods rich in high-fibre carbs, unsaturated fat and protein from plant sources (beans and legumes).

2. You're a high-fat eater if

* You like foods rich in animal fat - red meat and full cream milk.

* You like vegetables with plenty of sauce and dressing.

* You avoid adding sugar to foods, but have a sweet tooth.

* You often use butter of jam when you eat bread.

Meat, sauces, butter, full-fat dairy, sweets - you'll only feel satisfied after a rich, tasty meal. Your conscience makes you choose low-fat foods once in a while but you still end up with a diet high in saturated fat, mostly from fatty meats, creamy sauces or soups and thick, creamy spreads like butter and peanut butter.

3. You're an empty-calorie eater if

* You like snacks and sweet foods, especially desserts.

* You use a lot of fat like butter and shortening.

* You drink at least two sweetened drinks a day.

* You get less than two servings of vegetables a day.

You tend to eat a lot of animal fat, processed foods and refined carbs, including sweetened foods.

You need to cultivate healthy eating habits - eat fewer instant foods and sweets, and choose lean meats and fish.

4. You're a light eater if

* You're calorie-conscious and watch portions but sometimes lose control and indulge then deprive yourself of food.

* Your weight is a typical yo-yo dieting example that can fluctuate 5 to 10 kg a year.

* You avoid all sweets, carbs, fat and junk food.

* You are dutiful in consuming your two servings of vegetables and two servings of fruits daily.

You're self disciplined in keeping anything deemed high-calorie or high-fat away. You can eat the least number of calories compared to other people, but you are never truly satisfied with your meals and have food cravings so often that you end up bingeing. This results in drastic weight fluctuations that increase your risk of heart disease. This type of eaters are prone to eating disorders, so get help immediately!

5. You're a wine drinker if

* You have at least one alcoholic drink a day.

* You prefer savoury food over sweets.

* You enjoy eating gourmet cheese, p├Ąte and caviar.

* You have no problem eating fat when it's already in foods like cheese but tend not to add butter of spreads.

Your diet needs minor fine-tuning. You eat fruit and vegetables daily and keep desserts to a minimum, but your overall nutritional intake consists of excessive alcohol.

If you're a firm believer that red wine is good for your heart, note that excessive alcohol negates the benefits of the polyphenols found in the wine.

Facts: Carbs are not fattening! It's the portion size that matters. Refer to How you should eat to get a visual idea.

How to enjoy your cake without feeling guilty

...... omit your sugar intake from coffee or tea (better still just drink plain water) by drinking plain water or coffee/tea without sugar, this way you will omit the extra calories from sugar.

Just remember you won't be able to taste the sweetness from your coffee or tea or whatever sweet drinks you're having because the cake is sweet enough.