Nut so healthy: The yoghurt-coated snack that contains THREE times more fat than a Big MacYoghurt-coated peanuts contain 36.5g of saturated fat per bag That's more than three times the amount in a Big MagA bag of yoghurt-coated banana chips contain a whopping 1,092 calories
11:27 GMT, 9 July 2012
Next time you decide to pick up a snack in a ‘health food’ store, should you opt for a burger joint instead
Yoghurt-coated peanuts, which are widely regarded as a healthy snack to fill the gap between meal times, have been revealed as containing a staggering amount of fat.
The snack sold at High Street chain Holland & Barrett actually contains 36.6g of saturated fat in every 200g bag.
The 'healthy' snack actually contains over half of your daily fat allowance, with a whopping 1,092 calories
The snack contains more than three times the amount of saturated fat in a Big Mac
That is more than three times the amount in a Big Mac and double the recommended 20g daily allowance for a woman — and that’s without even considering the 1,092 calorie count.
With women being advised to consume only 2,000 calories a day, the snacks make up over half of your daily fat allowance.
The 'yogurt' on the outside is far from the yogurt you know from the
Mostly sugar, oil and some dry milk and yogurt powder, that 'yogurt' coating is often a source of hydrogenated oil,
which you'd never find in real yogurt.
A single serving (1/4 cup) also
contains about 130 calories.
The treat is sold alongside dried fruit and vitamin tablets but contains a belly-busting 1,092 calories.
peanuts are one of the 'sweet snacks' made by producer Neal’s Yard
Wholefoods and sold at hundreds of Holland & Barrett shops
Also watch out for their yoghurt-coated brazil nuts (34g of saturated fat and 1,156 calories) and yoghurt-coated banana chips (25.6g of saturated fat and 1,054 calories). In comparison, a Big Mac has 490 calories and 24g of fat, of which 10g is saturated — though vitamins and minerals differ.
Sian Porter, of the British Dietetic Association, described people’s
desire to buy food from health stores regardless of their nutritional
value as a “halo effect”.
She said: “It is very dangerous for people to buy things and think they are healthy just because they are from a health store.
like these at Holland & Barrett might be sold as fruit and nuts but
they are covered in all sorts of sugars and things that are not that
good for you at all. It is very important to read the labels or you
could end up eating something you may regret.”
A spokesman for
Holland & Barrett said: “Products which have a chocolate or yoghurt
coating aren’t designed to be eaten by one person in one sitting, and we
would recommend people enjoy them in moderation.”