Watch your waist af­ter Easter

Western Times - - NEWS | WELCOME -

THE Can­cer Coun­cil last week un­wrapped the kilo­joules in pop­u­lar hot cross buns across Queens­land, help­ing fam­i­lies stay healthy and man­age their eat­ing.

Queens­land’s best buns were re­vealed – from tra­di­tional to fruit­less, ap­ple, cin­na­mon, choc-chip and choc-caramel flavours – help­ing peo­ple count their calo­ries and eat well.

Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land CEO Chris McMil­lan said many Queens­lan­ders would be shocked to learn the aver­age hot cross bun could take an hour of walk­ing to burn off.

“One tra­di­tional hot cross bun con­tains about 210 calo­ries (879 kilo­joules) – with four tea­spoons of su­gar and 250mg of sodium in each bun,” Ms McMil­lan said.

“The daily rec­om­mended su­gar con­sump­tion is no more than six tea­spoons a day – eat­ing just one and a half hot cross buns would take you over that limit.”

Can­cer Coun­cil urged Queens­lan­ders to opt for the health­i­est choice if in­dulging in a treat or two dur­ing and af­ter Easter.

“If we in­dulge in a treat or two, we should read la­bels and choose the health­i­est op­tion pos­si­ble, bal­anc­ing en­ergy in­take with en­ergy ex­pen­di­ture over the long week­end,” she said.

“For good health and hap­pi­ness, think about play-based Easter gifts for your kids, en­cour­age them to be phys­i­cally ac­tive, and put on a healthy lunch for the fam­ily.”

TREATS: Hot cross buns.

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