Cutting down fish and chips to just 600 CALORIES could combat obesity crisis
Smaller portions of fish and chips containing just 600 calories could drastically reduce obesity levels, a new study has shown.
People can still enjoy their favourite takeaway – but just less of it, the research found, as long as the fat and calorie intake is diminished.
Experts at Newcastle University teamed up with a fish and chip suppler to create a portion with just 600 calories – 1,000 less than a regular meal.
Now, the reduced calorie version is available in 12 fish and chip joints in the north east.
The meals are called Lite-BITE and offer 5oz of fish and 5oz of chips cooked in vegetable oil.
It costs £4 which is typically £1.60 cheaper than a full size portion.
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The study found one in five people bought the smaller alternatives while four in ten said they would consider scaling down.
According to statistics, two thirds of adults and one in three children are obese.
And last year it was revealed that the number of fast food outlets had increased by a third.
Lead author of the research Louis Goffe said: "The independent takeaway sector is one of the most challenging food sectors to work with to make changes.
"This research emphasises the importance of working with wholesale suppliers, who have a strong relationship with traders, to improve the health benefits of hot food takeaways.
"The sales show that there is a demand for smaller portion meals and we hope this will act as a template for others in the fast-food sector to follow."
In proposed Government plans, calories are set to be capped on on the nation’s favourite treats.
Limits on ready meals, crisps, chips, biscuits, sandwiches, cooking sauces, soups, burgers and processed meats, among other food products are to be revealed in the spring.
The guidelines from Public Health England state pizzas should contain no more than 928 calories and pies should be capped at 695.
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