Are Meal Deals The Real Deal?
Workplace Wellbeing Consultant, Tom, looks at supermarket meal deals and if they’re the real deal for our diet and health.
A huge number of us opt for a supermarket meal deal at lunch as an affordable, quick, and convenient option. But research shows that certain combinations of sandwich, snack and drink in these deals contain up to 30 teaspoons of sugar – over four times the daily recommended amount.
This extremely high sugar content means excess calories, which can lead to weight gain, type-2 diabetes and tooth decay. They’re often laden with salt too – associated with increased blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. So, if it’s not possible or practical to make your own lunch, try following these tips if going for a meal deal:
- Choose fruit instead of a chocolate bar as your snack – If you choose crisps, pick a baked or wholegrain variety
- Go for a sandwich made with whole grain bread – Try a vegan option which is likely to be packed with healthy vegetables
- Avoid sugary drinks – choose sugar-free drinks, or even better, water
- Be mindful that fruit juices and smoothies can contain lots of natural sugars too
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