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Top ten most fattening foods

March 14, 2011

A long-term French study (Fleurbaix Laventie Ville Santé), has provided new research which helps identify the top ten most calorific foods in our diet. They found that these foods account for 67% of our average daily calorie intake.

Cakes (11.46%)
Bread and by-products (10.61%)
Chips, crisps (8.51%)
Meat (8.42%)
Cheese (5.85%)
Oil, margarine (5.17%)
Butter, animal fat (4.87%)
Cooked meats (4.53%)
Meat-based foods (3.87%)
Pasta, rice, flour (3.78%)

The idea is that these are the foods to target when trying to lose weight. It’s another angle on the obesity issue and perhaps this is simpler than obsessing about calories in individual food products.

What I’ll take from this is: don’t waste your cake calories on poor quality cake – so anything on the counter at the various coffee chains, screen it out. Eat a little cake, but ensure it is homemade or made from only a few high-quality ingredients. Cut crisps out entirely (see previous post about Graze as an alternative for snackers) and try low-fat cream cheese with tomatoes and black pepper instead of supermarket cheddar for packed lunches.

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  1. January 17, 2012 8:13 pm

    Oh dear! Well, that explains it then …. I suppose I knew most of these foods were on the “bad” list, but seeing them by percentage is really striking!

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