Tuesday 27 September 2016

Salads 'have more calories than burger and fries'

Published 05/05/2015 | 02:30

A lunch-time salad can contain more calories than a Big Mac and chips
A lunch-time salad can contain more calories than a Big Mac and chips

A lunchtime salad can contain more calories than a Big Mac and fries.

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Health-conscious dieters often reach into the salad section of the supermarket fridge when looking for a guilt-free lunch.

But the Irish Independent found that some handy meals are actually loaded with calories, fat or salt.

We looked at various salads and sushi on sale in popular supermarkets and cafés, in order to assess how they measured up nutritionally.

While many come in at under 500 calories, we found some salad options can actually be fattening.

A Dunnes Stores curried pasta and chicken salad contained a hefty 768 calories in a small 250g tub.

That's more than the 720 calories you'd get in a Big Mac and fries from McDonalds.

This salad also contained 57g of fat - which is more than 80pc of your recommended daily intake.

Meanwhile, a Marks & Spencer chicken, bacon and sweetcorn salad has 642 calories, 28g of fat and 2.58g of salt.

Sushi contains healthy fish and seaweed but can also come loaded with high levels of salt, the survey found.

Irish Independent

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