‘Healthy’ supermarket meals can actually make dieters fatter… are you lunching on these offenders
SUPERMARKET salads can actually make people gain weight, a probe has found.
Versions containing cheese, olives or bacon are packed with fat, salt and calories.
Dieters are being urged to read the ingredient list and nutritional values to avoid being “hoodwinked”.
Consumer experts analysed ten own-label, pre-prepared supermarket salads.
They found Tesco’s Cheese Layered Salad (380g) contains 77 per cent of the daily recommended adult intake of saturated fat.
Waitrose’s Marinated Feta, Tomato, Kalamata Olive Salad (121g) had 2.9g of salt, nearly half the approved 6g.
Morrisons Chicken & Bacon Pasta Salad (250g) had 632 calories, almost a third of the recommended 2,000.
Martin Isark, of website Can I Eat It?, said: “Salad conjures up an image of a healthy alternative.
“However, those with cheese, olives and bacon — Caesar salad, for example — can have very high levels of fat, saturated fat, salt and calories. That’s not good for your health or your diet.”
He added: “Don’t be hoodwinked. Read the ingredient list, and the nutritional values per portion size, rather than per 100g.”
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