Is YOUR favourite food loaded with more hidden fat than a burger
20:40 GMT, 16 July 2012
Burgers are notoriously high in saturated fat — the type linked to raised cholesterol and clogged-up arteries. But ‘healthy’ foods can contain just as much, if not more, saturated fat than the 9g in a Burger King Whopper.
Hidden fats: There's 9g of saturated fat in a Burger King Whopper but so called 'healthy' snacks can have even more
Pret Mediterranean bloomer
11.6g sat fat (cals 564, sugars 4.9g, salt 2.5g, total fat 29.6g)
This healthy-sounding bloomer contains mozzarella cheese, which supplies much of the saturated fat. Although mozzarella is not a particularly high-fat cheese compared with cheddar, two thirds of its fat is saturated.
Yeo Valley Greek Style coconut yogurt
9.5g sat fat for 150g serving (cals 225, sugars 18g, salt trace, total fat 14.2g)
Full-fat Greek yogurt is made with whole milk (most yogurts are made with semi-skimmed milk), and one glass has 5g of saturated fat. Add coconut and just one serving adds up to nearly half a woman’s recommended daily saturated fat intake of 20g (30g for men).
Asda Extra Special mashed potato
10.1g sat fat for 215g serving (cals 252, sugars 3g, salt 1.1g, total fat 15.5g)
The butter and double cream added to this make it an artery-clogger. Most people underestimate the impact of full-fat dairy products as a source of saturated fat; just one small pat of butter or a tablespoon of double cream supplies around 5g (a quarter of a woman’s recommended daily limit).
Tesco Finest British traditionally made sausages
10.2g sat fat for two (cals 365, sugars 1g, salt 1.6g, total fat 28g)
They may taste nicer than cheap bangers, but the downside of higher-quality sausages is that their high meat content means they contain more saturated fat. Just two have more saturated fat than a Burger King Whopper.
Artery cloggers: Asda mashed potato, left and Cornetto Classico
10g sat fat (cals 230, sugars 18g, salt, 0.25g, total fat 13g)
Just one Cornetto supplies half a woman’s daily recommended limit of saturated fat. Most of the saturated fat comes from palm oil — a form of vegetable oil. It is one of only a handful of non-animal sources with a high saturated fat content.
Marks & Spencer cheese and onion oatmeal sandwich
11.1g sat fat (cals 495, sugars 3.7g, salt 1.75g, total fat 30.1g)
Although cheese is a great source of calcium and protein, it’s definitely not the best choice every day for lunch.
Sainsbury's spaghetti bolognese
11g sat fat for 400g (cals 631, sugars 9.5g, salt 2g, total fat 27.7g)
The minced beef bumps up the saturated fat content. Fatty meats are major contributors of saturated fat in our diet, and minced beef is one of the worst culprits because only fattier cuts of beef tend to be used to make this family staple.