To raise the awareness of people to take healthy diet, Taiwan’s Chang Bing Show Chwan Memorial Hospital held a demonstration program introducing how to make healthy Halloween desserts at Koror State Office and Belau National Museum on October 27. Ms Wei-li, Lin, the hospital’s coordinator in Palau, used local ingredients, namely taro, and pumpkin, to promote a healthy diet. [restrict

In order to celebrate Halloween in a creative and healthy way, Wei-li and guest speaker Yu-ting, Chou, a registered dietitian from Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM), produced a pumpkin bubble taro sweet soup, sure to satisfy even the most discerning of palates. Taro is rich in dietary fiber, vitamin E and potassium, which play an important role in maintaining healthy blood sugar, vision and cardiovascular function.

Pumpkin, while having the advantage of being a very low-calorie starchy vegetable, contains no saturated fats or cholesterol and is a perfect choice for people who are dedicated to losing weight. One cup of pumpkin is only one sixth of the calories found in one cup of rice.

Having a healthy diet is one of the important measures to combat NCDs. All agencies and organization that are interested in learning the ways to lead a healthy diet are welcome to call Taiwan Embassy at 488-8150. [/restrict]