Shoppers deceived by ‘healthy’ snack options

The World Cancer Research Fund has revealed that many of us are being deceived by so-called healthy snacking options

The World Cancer Research Fund has revealed that many of us are being deceived by healthy snacking options.

Brits are being wrongly educated to believe that popular ‘guilt-free’ foods such as hummus and low fat spreads, are low in calories.

The study by World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) reveals that although hummus contains 332 calories per 100g, it is still regarded by many of us as a healthy substitute to snacks such as crisps and chocolate.

‘It seems a lot of people are still confused about the calorie content of everyday foods,’ says a WCRF spokesman.

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‘At this time of year many people make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight but to do this it is important that they understand how to determine whether a food is high in calories.’

Many people underestimate the calorie content of processed snacks but overestimate the calorie content of fruit.

Bananas only contain 95 calories per 100g, but their calorie-count was overestimated by the 2,000 people participating in the YouGov poll. 

The WCRF warns that a lack of calorie awareness is a rising concern because many diseases, including cancer, are associated with being overweight.

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