How to cut the calories in your takeaway
Whether it’s traditional fish and chips, a Chinese, home-delivered pizzas or the national dish of chicken tikka masala we all fancy a takeaway every now and then but what should we choose to avoid piling on the pounds?
We all know how easy it is to succumb to a "super sized" burger; those tempting extras like garlic bread with our pizza; poppadoms and samosas with our curry and too much meat at the expense of salad in our kebab but how do these meals really fare in the nutrition stakes?
Well eat just one slice of a large deep pan pepperoni pizza and you consume 430 calories and a quarter of your daily fat allowance; a Burger King XL Double Whopper lives up to its name, packing in 840 calories and over two thirds of your recommended fat intake and a Big Mac with fries whacks in at just under 700 calories and half your daily fat intake. Takeaway foods are also low in fibre and high in salt: in fact a Kentucky fried chicken with fries provides just under half your recommended daily salt intake.
So what should you select so you can enjoy your takeaway without revealing your indulgence on your waistline? Thankfully as well as their monster meals many of the fast food outlets are now promoting "healthier" options though not all of these are quite as healthy as they seem. You need to watch the dressing on salads, for example and go easy on the croutons.
As a general guide follow the tips below:
If you do indulge in the odd burger or fish and chip supper then cut down on your fat intake from other foods during the day and try to eat some vegetables and salad alongside your meal.
And whatever the takeaway obviously exercise a bit of common sense about the size of meal you order unless you want to turn into a ‘super-sized me’.