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Helen's Blog - Thursday April 17th 2014

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It is day 6 of the What am I today & tune in for your chance to win a prize.

Here are the very latest clues:

1: I was invented in the 60s

2: I am still used today

3: I also have the same name as a certain species of fish

4: I have the same name as a certain type of pastry

5: The largest ever one of me was in the Netherlands

6: I have the same name as a song

7: There’s a type of ice cream with the same name as me

8: There are even 2 movies with the same name as me

9: I am also a type of yacht

10: I have the same name as a comic book

11: I’ve even been the name of a gameshow

12: I’m even featured in a song by REM (Man on the moon)



As Easter is upon us this weekend & you're thinking...... chocolate! Well I know I am.

If you're worried about them extra calories & how to keep the pounds off. Maybe this guide will help you.

Fancy eggs filled with sweets or truffles can be the most tempting on the shelf, but just one can set you back almost an entire day's calories.

And so a diet website has put together a helpful guide to help slimming Britons work which are the best type of Easter eggs to indulge in.




More expensive doesn't mean better for you

In the UK we spend £4 billion a year on chocolate, averaging at £65 per person.

However, according to Laurence Beeken, food expert at weightlossresources.co.uk, usually the more expensive and fancy the festive egg, the higher its calorie count.

For example a luxury Thornton's egg can set slimmers back up to 1,715 cals, while a modest Cadbury's treat can be almost half that at just 858 or less.The luxury eggs are the ones that contain more chocolate and thicker shells in the actual eggs - and are usually much bigger. 


No frills

Brands such as Cadburys and Nestle are usually the lower-calorie eggs to buy as they contain a hollow egg.

Extra frills such as lots of truffle chocolates can send the calorie count soaring. But a filling of sugar-free jelly sweets is not so bad.




Just avoid Easter eggs?

Not necessarily, says Laurence. 

'Whilst just 50g of chocolate can contain as many calories as a light lunch, there are some benefits, as chocolate contains chemicals which stimulate feelings of wellbeing - so a little bit can be a good thing,' he says.

However he warns that over-indulging at Easter is more dangerous than other festive treats such as having a giant dinner at Christmas.

'Whilst we may over indulge at Christmas, it tends to be foods that fill us up quickly. We can easily end up eating a lot of calorie-dense chocolate without the feeling that we have had enough.'


Go Plain

Go for plain chocolate instead of milk. 

As well as containing more heart-healthy flavonoids, the more intense flavour will satisfy your taste buds more easily so you won't want to eat as much.



Keep it in the fridge and out of sight

Keep your chocolate in the back of the fridge or somewhere out of sight. 

By keeping it in the fridge it will stop you constantly nibbling on it, and chilled chocolate will last longer in your mouth.



Don't guesstimate

Don't assume the number of calories in a chocolate egg - you could be way off. Instead, try to work it out. 

Many eggs now give calorie information per 100g and the weight of the egg itself. 

To calculate the calories in the whole item, multiply the calories per 100g by the weight and then divide by 100. 

For example, the calculation for an egg that contains 530 calories per 100g and weighs 175g is as follows: (530 x 175) = 92,750 ÷ 100 = 927.5 calories.





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