Friday, December 11, 2009

What they don't tell you about Christmas pudding and friends

Some interesting facts and figures from an email newsletter I received recently...

2 Lindor balls contain 156 calories including 9g saturated fat. You would get the same amount of calories out of 3 whole punnets of fresh strawberries or the same amount of saturated fat out of about 1kg baked turkey breast. It would take about 35 minutes of very fast (7.6km/hr) walking to burn off 2 Lindor balls.

1 small serve Christmas pudding contains 297 calories and 2.5 tablespoons sugar. It would take about 65 minutes of very fast walking to burn it off. Instead of the pudding you could have a large serve of fresh king prawns or roast turkey breast, for the same or less calories, with zero sugar.

1 medium glass white wine or 1 can Coke will give you about 110 calories and will take about 25 min very fast walking to burn off. The wine contains about 15g alcohol or the Coke contains about 1.7 tablespoons sugar. For the same amount of calories you could have 54 cans of Diet Coke.

1 medium Darrell Lea chocolate Santa is equivalent in calories to about 2.5 hours very fast walking. It contains about 3.5 tablespoons pure sugar and 3 tablespoons pure fat.

A fairly restrained Christmas dinner (no second helpings) of: 1 serve plain roast turkey breast, 1 medium roast potato with garden salad. 1 small serve Christmas pudding with brandy custard. 2 chocolates and 2 glasses wine = 1,163 calories including 60g sugar and 30g alcohol. If you powerwalked at 7.6km/hr (as fast as you could possibly go) it would take you 4.9 hours to burn this off if you are a 60kg woman, or 3.5 hours if you are an 85kg man.

If you had fresh fruit salad instead of the pudding and custard, left out the chocolate and drank diet soft drink instead of wine you would cut the calories by more than half (down to 542), slash the sugar by two thirds and completely eliminate the alcohol. You could burn this off in just over two hours walking if you are a 60kg woman or 1.5 hours if you are an 85kg man.


Raechelle said...

I love that sort of info! 1/2 hour for 2 choc balls! Well-they do taste good, hey!
good to see you back!

Anonymous said...

I knew there was a good reason that I hate Lindor chocolate and LOVE Diet Coke ;)

I LOVE Christmas Day though and usually eat like a pig. Luckily it only happens once a year :)

Pip said...

Oh dear!!!!

I used to be addicted to diet coke/coke zero and pepsi max, (infact any 'diet' soft drink). At the point I wanted one before starting work at 4am, then lunch, then to chill after work averaging about 1.5 to 2 litres a day of diet soft drink. I attempted to quit them or cut back a few times before but this time gave diet soft drinks up completely cold turkey which was hard at first nearly 2 years ago and know better than to even allow myself a can! Now I have water, maybe 4-5 skinny flat whites a week and still would prob go the wine over water at functions.

It feels tempting to swap wine for diet soft drink but no hahaha!!!

Good info though!