CANCER COUN­CIL CHAT

Warwick Daily News - - Opinion -

WHETHER you like mini or mega-size, choco­late bun­nies, eggs or blocks – Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land is warn­ing peo­ple to avoid the choco­late binge this Easter.

Most Easter treats con­tain alarm­ing amounts of sugar, mak­ing their ef­fects on health and well-be­ing not-so-sweet.

An av­er­age 250g milk choco­late bunny con­tains around 36 tea­spoons of sugar, a hol­low 110g egg con­tains nearly 16 tea­spoons of sugar, and a 39g cream egg con­tains over six tea­spoons.

Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land 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 la­bels and choose the health­i­est op­tion with the low­est sugar con­tent. Bal­ance por­tion sizes and re­mem­ber 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,” 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.

“Many par­ents wouldn’t be aware that treat­ing their kids to a large Easter bunny could mean treat­ing them to an av­er­age of 36 tea­spoons of sugar in one hit.

“In­stead of putting the fo­cus on choco­late this Easter, spend time get­ting ac­tive as a fam­ily by head­ing out­doors .”

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