WHETHER you like mini or mega-size, chocolate bunnies, eggs or blocks – CCQ is warning people to avoid the chocolate binge this Easter!
Most Easter treats contain alarming amounts of sugar.
An average 250g milk chocolate bunny contains about 36 teaspoons of sugar, a hollow 110g egg contains nearly 16 teaspoons of sugar, and a 39g cream egg contains over six teaspoons.
CCQ CEO Chris McMillan said consuming treats with a high sugar content could contribute to weight gain unless burnt off sufficiently.
“It may be surprising but if you eat one 250g milk chocolate bunny with 36 teaspoons of sugar in it, you would need to run nearly 7km to burn it off,” Ms McMillan said.
“After consuming a medium hollow 110g egg with 16 teaspoons of sugar, you would need to run around 3km to burn it off.
“Read the labels and choose the healthiest option with the lowest sugar content. Balance portion sizes and remember that discretionary foods should only be occasional foods.”
Ms McMillan said Queenslanders should consume no more than six teaspoons of sugar a day for optimum health.
“Excess sugar consumption is a major cause of weight gain, and is a major risk factor for some cancers, including bowel cancer,” Ms McMillan said.
“The long weekend is a time to relax and enjoy with friends and family – we want Queenslanders to do that as healthily and happily as possible.
“Instead of putting the focus on chocolate this Easter, spend time getting active as a family by heading outdoors, going for a walk or a bike ride, or playing a team sport.”
For more information about Cancer Council Queensland and healthy eating, phone 131 120 or visit cancerqld.org.au.