Public Health England Considers ‘Calorie-Cap’ on Supermarket Meals and Fast Food

Chethana Prakasan
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Public Health England Considers ‘Calorie-Cap’ on Supermarket Meals and Fast Food

A cap on the number of calories in fast food and supermarket foods has been demanded by the Public Health England. Read on to know more.

The food you buy from a fast food joint or in the supermarket is often high in calories and little to zero nutrition. As obesity is a major problem in the UK with over half of the adults in the UK obese or overweight, the Public Health England (PHE) is considering a cap or limit on the number of calories present in the fast food and ready meals from the supermarket. Under this latest health guideline, calorie limit for lunch and dinner will be 600 calories and for breakfast, it will be 400. The new guideline is expected to become effective in March 2018.

PHE’s chief nutritionist, Alison Tedstone is working with food industry leaders to lower the number of calories in food items. Tedstone said, “This is all about things like pizzas and ready-made sandwiches. We will need to set out guidelines and, I suspect, a series of calorie caps.”

This step has been taken to tackle the increasing number of obesity cases. According to public health experts, extra 200 to 300 calories are consumed by UK adult on an average. They are consuming more than they require and this is causing weight gain.

The NHS recommends swapping many food items and opting for a better cooking process to decrease the daily intake of calories. They advised consuming whole grain foods like whole wheat pasta or brown instead of the unhealthy white bread to stay healthy. They also recommend grilling the meat instead of frying it and not using butter or oil for cooking. Decreasing the number of calories in fast foods only will not solve the problem. You need to stay away from sugary treats and drinks and exercise to stay healthy.