IF you’ve piled on a few pounds over the summer, perhaps you’re eating just a bit too much of your favourite snacks.
Experts reckon only one in ten of us stick to the recommended serving sizes printed on food labels.
Many people would easily finish a bag of Jelly Babies[/caption]
And according to a new study by PoundToy, portion sizes are often way smaller than you think – for example, we’re only supposed to eat FOUR jelly babies, but most of us happily munch through most of a pack.
And Cadbury say we should stop at just five squares of Dairy Milk – making those family-sized bars suddenly appear much more ominous.
So have you been unknowingly chomping away on bigger portions than you should be?
Check out our handy guide to see much you should actually be eating…
You’re only supposed to have 4 chocolate fingers[/caption]
Not many people are able to stop at just four Jelly Babies[/caption]
A lot would usually finish a whole bag[/caption]
Recommended serving: 4 sweets
Calories: 87 calories
Fat: Less than 0.1g
Doritos Cool Original
The recommended serving of Doritos[/caption]
In reality, there are far more Doritos in one full big bag[/caption]
Recommended serving: 30g (one small multi-pack bag or just over half a Grab Bag)
Asda Extra Special White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake
Only a tiny slice of cheesecake is recommended[/caption]
A full cheesecake is a family favourite[/caption]
Recommended serving: 1/6th (small slice)
The recommended amount of cornflakes is fairly small[/caption]
Portion control can be hard with a big box of cornflakes[/caption]
Recommended serving: 30g (small bowl)
A full bottle of Coca Cola is apparently far too much[/caption]
Recommended serving: 250ml (half a small bottle)
Cadbury Dairy Milk Fingers
You’re only recommended to have four fingers[/caption]
It can be hard to stop yourself munching through most of the packet[/caption]
Recommended serving: 4 fingers or 21g
Roughly 7 Haribo make up the recommended portion[/caption]
A bag of Starmix has a lot more sweets inside[/caption]
Recommended serving: 25g (around 7 sweets)
Fat: Less than 0.1g
Cadbury Twirl Bites
The recommended portion of Twirl bites is just 7[/caption]
A full bag of Twirl Bites could be gone quickly[/caption]
Recommended serving: 7 bites
The recommended size of Angel Cake is tiny[/caption]
The full portion of Angel Cake[/caption]
Recommended serving: 1/8th of a cake
Hula Hoops Big Hoops (50g bag)
The recommended amount of Big Hoops is smaller than you think[/caption]
The full amount of crisps in the bag is almost double[/caption]
Recommended serving: 25g (one small bag or half a Big Hoops bag)
Sugar: Less than 0.5g
Cadbury Dairy Milk (200g bar)
Cadbury recommends just five squares[/caption]
A full sized Dairy Milk bar is much bigger than the recommended amount[/caption]
Recommended serving: 5 chunks or 25g
Nestle Kit Kat
A normal 4-finger Kit Kat bar is fine[/caption]
Recommended serving: 1x 4 finger bar
KP Original Salted Peanuts
Just a handful of peanuts is the right amount[/caption]
A lot of people would manage the full portion of peanuts[/caption]
Recommended serving: 30g (around half a small bag)
Snack bosses 'need to cut tricks of the trade'
Nutritionist Amanda Ursell says:
“It’s packaging genius as far as manufacturers are concerned, to use ‘per portion’ nutrition labels because without doubt, at a quick glance, they frequently fool consumers into thinking the calories mentioned are for the whole pack and we are lulled into eating more than we need, as a result.
It’s only if you have the time, patience and good enough eye-sight, to read the small print, that you realise you have wolfed down three, four or sometimes even five ‘servings’ by eating the whole pack rather than the recommended portion.
I would like to see ‘per portion’ information clearly visible and very easy to interpret.
If the pack has three portions, manufacturers should leave us in absolutely no doubt that one third of this pack is a portion and that this has ‘X, Y or Z’ calories.
How can people take control of their calorie intake if ‘tricks of the trade’ like these continue?
It’s hard enough to count calories, without this common pitfall there to catch us all out.”
Heinz Cream of Tomato Soup
It’s recommended you avoid a full bowl of tomato soup[/caption]
The family favourite’s full portion is much bigger[/caption]
Recommended serving: 1/2 a tin (200g)
Recommended serving: 1/2 can (207g)