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Chinese New Year is next week, but most of us are already munching on jars of tidbits. But all this indulgence is inevitably going to our waistline — a fact that’s reinforced by A*Star’s food and nutrition researchers.

The nutrient contents of 30 CNY snacks were the focus of a study titled “Energy Density and Nutrient Contents of Selective Chinese New Year Snacks”, which was published in Foods Journal in August 2020. 

The study is conducted by an A*Star team which includes Professor Christiani Jeyakumar Henry, a senior advisor at the Singapore Institute of Food and Biotechnology Innovation (SIFBI).

In their findings, the researchers highlighted the energy density (aka calorie count), sodium and fat content per 100g of each “commonly consumed” snack, which the team bought from a NTUC FairPrice supermarket.

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