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Eat your eggs (but you better be on the treadmill too)

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Jenna Clarke

If you want to enjoy a guilt-free Easter, you better not read on.

If you want to enjoy a guilt-free Easter, you better not read on.

The holiday most people associate with glucose gluttony has arrived and health experts are urging Australians to think about Easter treats in terms of exercise rather than eggs.

Buns of steel do not come from indulging in hot cross buns smothered in butter so dieticians are encouraging us to compare and think about our chocolate and sugar consumption over the holidays.

With the popularity of smartphones and the abundance of weight loss and fitness apps, nutritional information is now merely a click or barcode scan away.

According to virtual food diary Calorie King, it will take the average woman more than 42 minutes of walking at steady pace to burn off the calories contained within one Cadbury crème egg.   

Further research will tell you that a medium McChicken meal from McDonalds (that's including the burger, fries and a Coke) has fewer calories than one shiny, smiley faced Elegant Rabbit egg.

WAtoday.com.au consulted Calorie King and compared some Easter favourites to the amount of time walking (at a moderate pace) it would take to burn them off:

  • 1 Woolworths brand fruitless hot cross bun = 59 minutes
  • 1 Coles brand traditional hot cross bun = 54 minutes
  • 1 generic brand chocolate hot cross bun = 54 minutes
  • 1 hot cross bun from Brumby’s = 50 minutes
  • 1 hot cross bun from Baker’s Delight = 57 minutes
  • A 100g Lindt Milk Chocolate bunny = 2 hours and 23 minutes
  • A 165g Red Tulip Humpty Dumpty egg = 3 hours and 38 minutes
  • A 39g Cadbury Creme Egg = 42 minutes
  • A 17g Cadbury hollow egg = 22 minutes
  • A 200g Red Tulip Elegant Rabbit egg = 4 hours and 38 minutes
  • A 100g Lindt dark chocolate bunny = 2 hours and 11 minutes
  • A 100g Cadbury dark chocolate egg = 2 hours and 8 minutes

The Heart Foundation wants shoppers to skip the eggs filled with crème and caramels and is calling for toasted hot cross buns to be glazed with margarine instead of butter.

Dietician and Jenny Craig Medical Advisory Board member Karen Inge said "caution with portions" is one way to get your waistline through Easter without it expanding.

"You can eat Easter eggs, just not 50," Dr Inge told WAtoday.com.au.

"Understand that Easter foods should be celebrated on one day, it's not a month long celebration, swap chocolate hot cross buns for regular hot cross buns and then come Easter Monday give all your leftovers away."

She also suggested brushing your teeth before eating chocolate which will quash the appetite of even the most steadfast sweet tooth.

Easter is the one time of year where size does matter and health experts encourage all Australians to choose chocolate wisely.

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13 comments so far

  • So Brumby's hot cross buns are the ones to eat!

    Commenter
    Butterfly57
    Date and time
    April 05, 2012, 2:12PM
    • If you stick to tradition and have the hot cross buns on Good Friday and the eggs on Easter Sunday then it wont become "a month long celebration". Too easy, and then both stay special instead of things that you can eat any old time.

      Commenter
      Terence
      Location
      South Yarra
      Date and time
      April 05, 2012, 2:15PM
      • Exactly, what is it with people these days that just continually pig out. Even the fact we have this article here is evidence in itself. If a few days off is going to make you fatter, I give up.
        And no longer feel sorry for the excess baggage so many have.
        It's just gluttony. The marketing companies are the only winners in this race.
        Suppose we'll have Xmas cakes in store soon! It's a wonder they haven't thought up some other celebration to gorge on.
        Yep, keep to tradition and you wont have a problem. And you'll save lot's of $.

        Commenter
        Last Century
        Date and time
        April 05, 2012, 4:32PM
    • You can also save calories by not eating the chocolate products from companies that refuse to ensure their sources cocoa is child labour free. At least one of the above companies has faced mounting pressure for not sourcing ethical cocoa (cocoa that is independently certified to have been harvested without the use of forced, child or trafficked labour). See the ethical consumer guide for more info

      Commenter
      Greta
      Date and time
      April 05, 2012, 2:28PM
      • You can save calories by eating a very small amount of chocolate. One Easter my sons and I dipped strawberries in the very small amount of organic chocolate we could afford. At the end of the day my kids had actually eaten very little but thought they'd eaten heaps.
        If you must eat chocolate make sure that it's fair trade only.

        Commenter
        Sam Antics
        Date and time
        April 05, 2012, 3:39PM
        • People are overweight because they eat too much. All this burning calories of one bun in 57 minutes is so much rubbish. How much butter would be slathered on this bun?

          People feast every day instead on an occasion, that is why they are fat. Whole industries are devoted to overfeeding people, other whole industries are devoted to weight control. How silly is that? Australians have never been so fat. Or lazy. When you have people driving round the block for 20 minutes trying to get a car park 2 minutes walk from their destination the reason for their overweight is obvious. They wouldnt dream of walking for 20 minutes.

          Commenter
          Why blame it on Easter? It's greed
          Date and time
          April 05, 2012, 3:47PM
          • "People are overweight because they eat too much"

            No they aren't.

            The now infamous stanford low-carb diet study proved what atkins dieters had known for ages- that you can eat a calorie unrestricted diet and lose more weight than the neurotic calorie counters can.

            Not that a low-carb diet is necessary, but it puts to bed the hypothesis about greed and lack of exercise.

            So what makes people fat? suppressed thyroid function thanks to the seed oils and metabolic disturbance thanks to widespread wheat consumption. Easy to get fat from eating very little of that stuff. The science is overwhelming.

            And here's the heart foundation quoted in the article as telling us to make sure we keep eating these things.

            Unbelievable.

            Commenter
            Jeff
            Date and time
            April 07, 2012, 11:20PM
          • "you can eat a calorie unrestricted diet and lose more weight than the neurotic calorie counters can".

            Jeff, while I agree about the benefits of going low-carb, the above statement is just not true. Low-carb and Paleo are not "calorie unrestricted diets". If you eat more calories than what you burn, you will gain weight. If you eat less calories than what your body requires, you will lose weight. It's a simple fact and applies to both low-carb and Paleo diets too.

            Commenter
            AC
            Location
            Melbs
            Date and time
            April 11, 2012, 9:16AM
        • It's not what people do for a few days a year that makes them fat, it's what people do the other 350-360 days of the year that make the biggest impact on your overall health (and waistline). I indulge twice a year - once during Christmas/birthday and the other at Easter - and I'm going to enjoy every minute of it because I know that Tuesday it'll be back to salads and exercise. Love healthy food but nothing wrong with enjoying a treat from time to time.

          Commenter
          T
          Date and time
          April 05, 2012, 5:11PM
          • Yes, greedy fat people who eat too much, are lazy and spend their whole lives driving around looking for the closest car park. I'm not going to bother with them anymore. I'd much rather spend my time hanging out with 'T' - joy!

            Commenter
            Clifford
            Date and time
            April 05, 2012, 9:00PM

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