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Startling new facts about what Australians are eating for lunch

A new ACNeilsen Omnibus poll of 1400 Australians reveals that almost two thirds of us are regularly choosing takeaways, with hot chips, hamburgers and meat pies the most popular menu items.

As part of the inaugural Australian Lunch Week, Sanitarium Nutrition Service dietitians have analysed a range of common lunch options found in food courts around the nation. Most of us will be stunned at the high amount of fat, salt and sugar in many dishes and drinks even those we think of as relatively healthy!

What We're Really Eating!

  • A serve of hot chips (~300g) provides 45% of your recommended daily energy intake, 75% of your daily fat intake and your entire daily intake of saturated fat (24g). It also provides one third of your daily carbohydrate needs and almost a quarter (23%) of your daily sodium intake.
  • A medium Big Mac Meal including Big Mac, Fries and Coke, contributes 45% of your average daily energy intake, 62% of your daily total fat intake, 53% of your recommended saturated fat intake, 45% of daily sugars and 42% of recommended sodium intakes.
  • A meat pie provides 18% of your daily intake of energy, 29% of your total fat intake, 41% of your daily saturated fat intake and 20% of your daily intake of sodium/salt.
  • A toasted cheese, tomato and ham sandwich can provide over half (55%) of your recommended daily sodium/salt intake and a McDonald's Deli Choice Roast Beef & BBQ Sauce Roll provides 61% of your recommended intake.
  • A Subway Chicken Fillet 6-Inch Sub contains about the same amount of fat as a regular meat pie (20g versus 20.5g).
  • A Chicken Caesar Salad contains just over half the amount of energy from a KFC Two-Piece Feed (2149kJ or 25% of your daily energy intake), more fat than both a sausage roll or meat pie (over half your daily recommended intake of fat 51%) and 41% of your daily sodium/salt intake.

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Contact: Jackie Crossman
jackie@crossmancommunications.com.au
61-29-363-0288
Research Australia
3-May-2006


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