Healthier bakes for non-bakers

Shop-bought chocolate mint slices

Even if your passion is for consuming rather than cooking, there are still healthier choices on the bakery shelves. Dietitian Victoria Taylor tells us more.

To keep the saturated fat down, opt for plainer cakes and biscuits instead of chocolate-coated or cream-filled ones. Plain digestives have up to 2g less saturated fat per biscuit than the chocolate-covered variety. Similarly, a plain or jam-filled sponge instead of a sponge topped and filled with butter icing will save you about 5g of saturated fat and 100 calories per slice.

Go for biscuits that snap rather than crumble, as crumblier biscuits tend to have a higher fat content. For example, ginger nuts or rich tea are a better choice than shortbread fingers or malted milk. Check the food label if choosing ‘low-fat’ biscuits as they’re not always significantly different from the standard version but are often more expensive.

Beware of cakes and treats that carry a ‘health halo’, too. Flapjacks and other healthy-sounding treats, such as carrot cake or banana muffins, might seem better for you, but some contain up to 400 calories and 25 per cent of your guideline daily amount of saturated fat (20g for an adult), so they could give you more than you bargained for. Watch out for thick layers of butter or cream cheese icing and always check the nutrition information on the packet, if you can.

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