UK adults set to eat as much salt as 50 packets of crisps on
new survey found that UK adults could consumer as much salt as 50
packets of crisps and more saturated fat than half a pack of lard
on Christmas Day alone.
We’re encouraging everyone to enjoy themselves during this
festive period but think about their heart health too.
We surveyed over 2,000 people to
find out what people usually eat and drink over Christmas. We
calculated what this means in terms of calories, fats, sugars and
salts. The results make eye-watering reading:
- One in three will have at least one
mince pie and over half of people choose chocolates. All this
snacking, plus overindulging at meal times, means that by the end
of the day UK adults may have consumed the equivalent of
32 teaspoons of sugar.
- Almost 3 in 4 people surveyed opt for turkey
as part of their traditional Christmas dinner. Over half will
have Christmas pudding with almost 1 in 4 having cream. Once
breakfast, lunch and dinner is done UK adults could have
consumed more saturated fat than you would find in half a
pack of lard.
- Nearly a quarter of people
surveyed do no exercise at all over the
entire Christmas period.
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In a bid to get the UK thinking more about their heart health
we’ve launched our free New Year, New You pack which
includes a range of booklets including advice about quitting
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Our Senior Heart Health Dietitian
Victoria Taylor said:
Now is a good time to think about a fresh start for the New Year
“After all the treats,
turkey and extra tipples, it’s not just Father Christmas who will
end up with straining buttons over the festive period.
“We’re not saying you shouldn’t have any fun
during the Christmas season, but neither your heart nor your
waistline will thank you for eating and drinking to excess by the
time January arrives.
"Now is a good time to think about a fresh start
for the New Year. It’s not always easy to stick to New Year’s
resolutions, but we have a wide range of resources to support you
and help you get heart healthy in 2013.”
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