Shock news: one mince pie=360 cals

Warning: One mince pie takes four miles to burn off

This is probably the last thing you want to hear before you head off on your Christmas break, but one mince pie takes a four-mile walk to burn off.

We’re sorry to be the bearers of bad news but research has found that one innocent-looking mince pie contains a whopping 360 calories, which will take a slog of exactly 6.2km (3.8 miles) to cancel out.

Scientists, from the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, made the depressing discovery during a study of 240 adults who were in a healthy, overweight or obese weight range.

‘While we may want to say ‘Bah! Humbug!’ to such information at this time of year, it is important to remember that we can consume a lot of energy with very little effort, and this energy then takes a lot of time and exercise to get rid of,’ said Professor Nuala Byrne from QUT’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation.

‘In other words, a walk to the corner shops does not equal a Mars bar.’

‘This help explains the “coffee break effect” of no weight loss despite exercise – people go for a walk and reward themselves at the end with coffee and cake.’

‘The coffee’s fine but in weight-management terms the cake undoes the benefits of the walk, and then some,’ she added.

Food for thought indeed!

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