Temptations of Easter

Thursday, 2 April 2015
As Easter approaches it’s hard to avoid the temptation of chocolate treats, but choosing quality over quantity might be best way to avoid a diet blow-out.

Portland District Health’s dietitian Melissa Yip says people will be tempted by the prominent Easter egg displays, but should eat in moderation and go for the good stuff rather than the cheap stuff.

Investing in really good quality chocolate products, rather than cheap bulk-buy eggs, will be the best option, Ms Yip said.

The cheap eggs aren’t as satisfying so people end up eating more. If you get nice chocolate, one piece usually does the trick.

While all commercial chocolate has bad fats and sugars, dark chocolate is a slightly better option as it has more antioxidants than regular or white chocolate.

Ms Yip said it was hard for people, particularly children, to avoid the commercialism of Easter and the prominence of chocolate promotions for other significant events such as Christmas and Valentine’s Day.

People will be tempted to buy more frequently than they should at this time of year, she said.

There's nothing wrong with an occasional treat, but follow sensible guidelines, such as no more than once a week and in smaller amounts.

Apart from going for quality over quantity, buying and eating in moderation is recommended.

Instead of going for a full bunny, you can satisfy your taste buds by going for a smaller egg.

You save a significant amount of calories by going for smaller items, Ms Yip said.

Children are particularly susceptible to Easter treats but they don't need a lot of energy food and so shouldn’t be given that much.

With childhood obesity rates going up we need to look at how much we’re giving kids, Ms Yip said. Perhaps choose a smaller portion or give them a gift pack with a little chocolate egg alongside a gift, such as a cup or a toy. They get a chocolate treat but they also get a toy that will last a lot longer.

Hot cross buns look quite innocent but one bun can have the same calories as up to three slices of toast with spread, or 6-7 mini chocolate eggs.

Remember for every 100 gram bunny you eat you need to run for an hour or walk for two and half hours to work it off.

The PDH dietitians can be contacted on 55 210653.

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