Easter treats quickly add to the waistline, the state's top health official has warned.
Easter treats quickly add to the waistline, the state's top health official has warned.

Are you on track? 4 mini chocolate eggs a day is the average

AUSTRALIANS eat an average of 30 grams of chocolate a day.   

Speaking in this week's chocolate of choice, that's four mini Easter eggs.   

But for many of us, the amount of chocolate we eat increases around the Easter period and Queensland Health have some advice for those with a sweet tooth to keep their addictions under control.   

Choose hollow eggs over solid, or caramel-filled

"The average 17 gram hollow Easter egg will require approximately 20 minutes of physical activity to burn off," said Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young.  

"Whereas a flavour-filled egg, around the same size, will take almost twice the time."  

"Some 100g eggs or bunnies, will take over two hours to burn-off. If you switched one of these for a small selection of hollow eggs or small solid eggs, you could enjoy the chocolate without going too far."  

Hot cross buns

They've got raisins in them... so that means they're healthy, right?  

Dr Young says the buns should only be eaten occasionally and in small amounts with the average bun working out to be equal to 54 minutes of physical activity.  

"Switching a chocolate hot cross bun for the plain variety, or opting out of a spread are both healthier options this Easter," she suggested.  

Overall...

If you're going to indulge this easter, the Doc recommends eating lost of fruit and vegetables and getting moving to balance it out.   

"If you do indulge yourself this Easter, try doing a little extra physical activity like walking or swimming.  

*Average taken from the 2011-12 Australian Health Survey.


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