December 23, 2012           

UK adults set to eat as much salt as 50 packets of crisps on Christmas Day

Woman chopping vegetables in the kitchenOur 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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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.”

Download your free New Year, New You pack today and get heart healthy for 2013!