Christmas Food: The Hidden Fat Traps Lurking In Your Festive Latte

Festive Drinks More Fat Than Double Cheeseburger

The Huffington Post UK   First Posted: 05/12/11 14:30 Updated: 05/12/11 14:33

If you're worried about gaining the Christmas pounds, it's not the mince pies or your grandma's calorific pudding that you need to be wary of. It’s your favourite festive latte.

The British Dietetic Association has warned that popular Christmas drinks and seasonal snacks are so laden with sugar content that they contain more fat than a McDonald's cheeseburger.

Among the fattiest festive tipples are Starbucks' infamous eggnog latte that contains a whopping 579 calories - 140 more than a double cheeseburger and a quarter of a woman's daily calorie allowance.

Costa's calorific Black Forest hot chocolate drink follows close behind boasting 548 calories – the equivalent to 18 teaspoons of sugar. Another festive favourite from Café Nero also features plenty of fat at 500 calories.

But it isn't just the drinks that contain a thigh-wobbling calorie count. It’s Christmas snacks and sandwiches too. Every year Pret A Manger and EAT roll out their seasonal sarnies, but if you fancy their brie and cranberry sandwich for lunch, you might want to note that it contains 33g of fat. The 'Christmas Full Works' sandwich by EAT contains 18g of fat and five teaspoons of sugar.

"Such a massive amount of sugar and fat in one drink is alarming," says Dr Frankie Phillips of the BDA. "The calories are the equivalent of a meal, but the one that lack any real nutrition."

Other fat snacks to look out for include McDonalds After Eight McFlurry and Burger King's Jaffa Cake fusion ice cream.

If these calorific drinks and food shocked you, take a look at other surprise hidden fat traps lurking in seemingly healthy food and drinks.

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  • Hidden Fat Traps Lurking In Your Food

  • Dried Fruits

    Dried fruits are a great tasting snack, but beware they are often sprayed with a sugar solution before being packaged.

  • Sushi

    Sushi can come packed with mayonnaise (or mayo based sauces) as well as other sauces full of hidden calories.

  • Fruit Smoothies

    Not all smoothies have potential fat traps - ones made entirely from wholefood ingredients and fresh fruit, are packed with nutrients and vitamins. However, don't be fooled into thinking that all smoothies make a healthy drink. Many processed smoothies are so full of added sugars, syrup, additives and full-fat milk (and sometimes ice cream), that you'd be better off having a large milkshake from your local takeaway.

  • Vegetable Crisps

    It may seem like the healthier alternative to a packet of salt and vinegar crisps, but veggie crisps have the same fat content as ordinary crisps.

  • Frozen Yoghurt

    Frozen yoghurt is usually low in calories - but the sugar content can be sky high.

  • Chicken Wraps

    A tortilla wrap may contain carbohydrate than a slice of bread, but most pre-packed wraps are packed full of hidden fat traps, such as processed meat, mayonnaise and butter.

  • Processed Cereal

    Many cereals contain a host of different sweeteners to make them more tasty, so make sure you check the sugar content before piling it into your breakfast bowl.

  • Low Fat Muffins

    Choosing a low-fat muffin over a full fut version may seem like a clever move, but in reality, the snack can contain more sugar. This means that not only could your 'healthier' muffin contain more calories, it may be less filling too.

  • Gluten-Free

    Gluten-free aren't necessarily more healthy. Many gluten-free foods are processed and packaged, meaning they still have the fat traps other foods have.

  • Rice Cakes

    Rice cakes can be a low calorie snack - as long as you stick to plain and don't pile on the toppings.