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Thursday 8 December 2016

That healthy looking sandwich can make you fat

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Some high street salads and sandwiches contain more calories and fat than burgers and pizza, a survey has found.

Consumer group Which? has called for all manufacturers to use traffic light nutrition labelling and restaurants to display calorie content after finding that apparently healthy options are "no better than a burger".

The watchdog tested a selection of popular lunchtime meals including sandwiches, pastas and salads from British high street shops to find that some contained surprisingly high amounts of fat, salt and sugar.

Three of the sandwiches tested contained more than three teaspoons of sugar - Pret's posh cheddar and pickle on artisan, Caffe Nero's brie and bacon panini and Gregg's Mexican chicken baguette.

Marks and Spencer's chicken and smoked bacon salad on soft multigrain contained 694 calories and 37.1 gram of fat - more than a Pizza Express classic Margherita containing 683 calories and 22.5g of fat. Surprised

Which? executive director Richard Lloyd said: "People will be surprised to find some foods that many of us perceive to be a healthier choice are no better than a burger.

"We want all manufacturers to adopt traffic light nutrition labelling and restaurants to display information about calorie content of food, so consumers can see exactly what products contain."

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