Saturday 22 October 2016

Call for 'calorie burn' food labels

Published 26/01/2016 | 02:30

Food labels can be confusing.
Food labels can be confusing.

A poll of at least 2,000 people found that more than 60pc would support better food labelling which would set out the amount of exercise needed to work off the calories they consume by eating the product.

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It has led to calls by the Royal Society for Public Health to put the "activity equivalent" on labelling to make people understand what they are eating.

It has produced its own table:

• 330ml can of sugary soft drink (138 calories): 13 mins

• Standard chocolate bar (229 calories): 22 mins

• Chicken and bacon sandwich (445 calories): 42 mins

• 1/4 large pizza (449 calories): 43 mins

• Medium mocha coffee (290 calories): 28 mins

• Packet of crisps (171 calories): 16 mins

• 50g bag of dry roasted peanuts (296 calories): 28 mins

• Iced cinnamon roll (420 calories): 40 mins

• Bowl of cereal (172 calories): 16 mins

• Blueberry muffin (265 calories): 25 mins

A spokeswoman said: "Although nutritional information provided on food and drink packaging has improved, it is evident that it isn't working as well as it could to support the public in making healthy choices. Activity equivalent calorie labelling provides a simple means of making the calories contained within food and drink more relatable to people's everyday lives."

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