Thursday, 26 June 2008

Fat content of a curry revealed

A single Indian takeaway can contain more saturated fat than the recommended daily amount, new research has shown.

It might be time to rule out the lazy nights in on the sofa, stuffing down chicken tikka and naan bread after consumer group Which? tested the calorie, sugar and saturated fat content in Chinese, Indian and pizza takeaways. They found the average Indian curry contained 23.2g of saturated fat - 3.2g more than a woman's recommended intake.

The report showed that Chinese takeaways didn't do much better. Although the meal is lower in saturated fats, it has three times as much sugar as an Indian takeaway. One portion contained over 19 teaspoons of sugar.

Neil Fowler, Editor of Which? commented: 'We don't want to be killjoys when it comes to takeaways, but we would like people to be aware of just how much of their daily food intake comes in just one meal.'

Takeaway shops are not legally bound to provide nutritional content for their food, making it harder for consumers to know how many calories or how much salt the food contains.

Source : MarieClaire

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