A bowl of curry equivalent to whole day's fat for women

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London, Jun 26 (UNI) Are you a curry-loving female, conscious of putting on weight? If yes, stop having curry as a recent study has shown that an Indian curry contains more saturated fat than a woman should eat in an entire day.

According to the study by a research group Which?, chicken tikka masala, with pilaf rice and plain nan, contains on average 1,338 calories. A woman would need to cycle for more than five hours to burn that off.

Which? found that the average saturated fat in a takeaway of chicken tikka masala, pilau rice and plain nan came in at 23.2 gm, when the recommended daily maximum for a woman is 20 gm and for a man 30 gm.

The same meal provided 3.6 gm of salt, where the daily maximum for an adult is six gm.

Surprisingly, the study discovered that nan bread contained even more calories than the curry swimming in oil. There were 290 calories in a 100 gm nan, compared with 685 in 350 gm of chicken tikka masala.

Researchers found that a supermarket version of the same meal had 45 per cent less saturated fat, and less sugar.

In a Chinese takeaway of sweetand-sour chicken, egg fried rice and spring rolls, there was 62.3 gm of sugar, equivalent to 19 teaspoons.

The daily sugar limit for a woman is 90 gm and for a man 120 gm.

The total fat level was 60.4g (2.1oz), 86 per cent of the daily ration for a woman, and there was 4.7g (0.16oz) of salt.

Burning off the 1,436 calories in the meal would need a woman to cycle for six hours.

The Which? research found the total fat for an average thin-crust peperoni pizza came in at 48 gm, which is 68 per cent of the daily allowance for a woman and half the figure for a man.

The saturated fat level was 22.5 gm, when the daily maximum for a woman is 20 gm.

The editor of Which? magazine, Neil Fowler told the Daily Mail, ''Everyone is entitled to enjoy a treat while watching the footie or a movie. But we would like people to be aware of just how much of their daily food intake comes in just one meal.'' UNI XC RJ KN1159

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