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This is the supermarket that is WORST for calories, sugar and fat this Christmas 

ONE of the best parts of the Christmas season is tucking into all the delicious food on offer. But a new study has revealed how many calories are in your festive treats, and it may shock you. Fitne…

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ONE of the best parts of the Christmas season is tucking into all the delicious food on offer.

But a new study has revealed how many calories are in your festive treats, and it may shock you.

 This is the amount of calories in your favourite Christmas snacks, with Morrisons coming out best overall compared to WaitroseNuYoo This is the amount of calories in your favourite Christmas snacks, with Morrisons coming out best overall compared to Waitrose

Fitness experts NuYoo compared the most popular yuletide snacks from five major supermarkets, Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Morrisons, and the result may leave you feeling less than jolly.

One of the worst culprits for mince pies was Asda, with each one of the snacks containing 280 calories.

In comparison, the best supermarket for the pies was Morrisons, with theirs only having 232 calories per one.

Next the company compared another Christmas favourite, pigs in blankets.

NUYOO CHRISTMAS STUDY INCLUDED THE NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION OF…

  • one mince pie
  • 30g portion of wensleydale cheese
  • 100g of Christmas pudding
  • one pig in blanket
  • 67g slice of Christmas cake
  • 100g of stuffing
  • 100g of cranberry sauce
  • one shortbread

 One of the worst culprits for mince pies was Asda, with each one containing 280 caloriesGetty – Contributor One of the worst culprits for mince pies was Asda, with each one containing 280 calories  The Tesco Christmas pudding came out best at 300 calories for 100g, compared to 331 calories at MorrisonsGetty – Contributor The Tesco Christmas pudding came out best at 300 calories for 100g, compared to 331 calories at Morrisons

This time Morrisons proved to be the biggest strain on the waistline, with each pig in blanket having 129 calories.

This was a great deal more than the least caloric offering, which was Waitrose’s 43-calorie alternative.

In fact all of the supermarket offerings had under 47.5 calories per pig in blanket, except Morrisons’ 129-calorie whopper.

On the other hand, Morrisons came up trumps for Christmas cake (228 calories for a 67g slice) compared to Waitrose’s version (272 calories) which was the worst of the stores.

RECOMMENDED SUGAR, CALORIE AND FAT GUIDELINES

  • Calories (men): 2,500kcal
  • Calories (women): 2,000kcal
  • Sugar (men): no more than 37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons)
  • Sugar (women): no more than 25 grams or 6 teaspoons
  • Fat (men):  no more than 30g of saturated fat a day
  • Fat (women): no more than 20g of saturated fat a day

Morrisons also triumphed for stuffing (157 calories per 100g), and Waitrose again was the worst at 277 calories.

The supermarket that wasn’t the worst in any of the calorie categories, which also included Wensleydale and cranberry, Christmas pudding, and cranberry sauce, was Sainsbury’s.

They were even the best in the shortbread category with 64 calories per one shortbread, compared to Asda’s 109 calories option.

 Steer clear of Waitrose if you are looking to avoid fat, which had the worst amount in their Christmas foodNuYoo Steer clear of Waitrose if you are looking to avoid fat, which had the worst amount in their Christmas food  For Wensleydale cheese, Asda's option came out worst for fat at 9.1g, and Morrison's came out best with 7.2g, when comparing a 30g portionGetty – Contributor For Wensleydale cheese, Asda’s option came out worst for fat at 9.1g, and Morrison’s came out best with 7.2g, when comparing a 30g portion  Avoid Sainsbury's if you want to lower your sugar content, which had the greatest amount in its productsNuYoo Avoid Sainsbury’s if you want to lower your sugar content, which had the greatest amount in its products

Sainsbury’s may have been the best for calories, but it was the worst for sugar content.

Compared to Morrisons, Sainsbury’s slip in an extra five teaspoons of sugar (20.6g), which is 74 per cent of your daily allowance.

Switching from Sainsbury’s to Morrisons for cranberry sauce can save you over four teaspoons (17g) of sugar, two teaspoons (8g) for the mince pies and two teaspoons (8g) for Christmas cake.

 The least sugar-filled cranberry sauce was found to be Morrisons which had nine teaspoons (37.7g) per 100g helpingGetty – Contributor The least sugar-filled cranberry sauce was found to be Morrisons which had nine teaspoons (37.7g) per 100g helping

According to the NHS website: “Added sugars shouldn’t make up more than 5 per cent of the energy (calorie intake) you get from food and drink each day. This is about 30g of sugar a day for those aged 11 and over.”

Eating large quantities of food that contains sugar can lead to a range of health conditions including obesity, which can put you at risk from heart disease, type two diabetes or strokes.

Abby, a spokesperson for NuYoo.co, said: “It is hard to avoid Christmas treats, but smarter decisions could be made this year when it comes to your holiday shop.

“It may seem like an effort to go to different supermarkets, but the number of calories that you can save – 610 – is definitely not to be sniffed at, it’s the equivalent of 7 roast potatoes!”

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Happy Hanukkah 2017! Why is the Jewish festival known as Chanukah and why do we light candles?

HANUKKAH or Chanukah is a Jewish festival which is celebrated by lighting one candle a day for eight days. It’s already underway, but how did it first begin? Here’s everything you need …

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HANUKKAH or Chanukah is a Jewish festival which is celebrated by lighting one candle a day for eight days.

It’s already underway, but how did it first begin? Here’s everything you need to know…

 A Jewish family sits round the table to celebrate HanukkahGetty Images A Jewish family sits round the table to celebrate Hanukkah

What is Hanukkah?

Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday celebrated in either November or December.

This year the Festival of Lights began on the evening of Tuesday December 12 and ends of the evening of Wednesday December 20.

The holiday begins on the 25th day of Kislev – the ninth month of the year on the Hebrew calendar.

Games are often played at Hanukkah, and the most common involves a dreidel (type of spinning top) and is a popular way of helping children to remember the great miracle.

 Jews observe the celebration by lighting one candle a day for eight daysAlamy Jews observe the celebration by lighting one candle a day for eight days

What is the history behind Hanukkah?

The word means ‘rededication’ and honours the Jews’ struggle for religious freedom more than 2,500 years ago.

It dates back to two centuries before the beginning of Christianity.

Legend has it the leaders of a Jewish rebel army called the Maccabees rose up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors.

King Antiochus had taken control of the Second Temple in Jerusalem and ordered an altar to Zeus to be built.

Judaism and circumcision was banned and pigs were sacrificed.

The Jewish uprising was led by Judah Maccabee and lasted three years until the Maccabees seized Jerusalem.

Judaism’s text the Talmud says only pure olive oil with the seal of the high priest can be used for the Hanukiah.

They wanted to rededicate the temple but could only one container enough for one day.

However, miraculously it stayed alight for eight days – the time needed to get hold of a new supply of kosher oil.

Why do Jews light candles at Hanukkah?

On each of the eight nights of Hanukkah, a candle is lit in a menorah (candelabra) called a hanukkiyah.

While one legend says that the one container of oil stayed alight for eight days, another said that the uprising found eight iron spears and put candles in them, and used them for lighting up the temple.

The tradition is celebrated today, and the candles are typically lit left to right and placed in the front windows of houses.

 'Judith Beheading Holofernes' by CaravaggioAlamy ‘Judith Beheading Holofernes’ by Caravaggio

Why is it sometimes called Chanukah?

In Hebrew, Hanukkah is pronounced with the letter ‘chet’ so it sounds like Chanukah.

The chet’s ‘ch’ sound is not enunciated like the ‘ch’ in child – and is more of  a guttural sound.

It can be spelt Chanukah or Hanukkah.

What is traditional Hanukkah food?

Jews traditionally eat fried foods to honour the miracle temple oil.

‘Sufganiyot’ are round deep-fried jam or custard-filled donuts topped with powdered sugar.

They are from a yeast donut pastry mentioned in the Talmud.

 'Sufganiyot' are round deep-fried jam or custard-filled donuts topped with powdered sugarGetty Images ‘Sufganiyot’ are round deep-fried jam or custard-filled donuts topped with powdered sugar

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How to cook turkey – size guide and how long it takes to defrost and cook your Christmas dinner in the oven

IF you’ve agreed to cook Christmas dinner for your family this year, the pressure is on to make the perfect roast. Most Brits tuck into turkey on December 25 but, if you only cook this meat o…

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IF you’ve agreed to cook Christmas dinner for your family this year, the pressure is on to make the perfect roast.

Most Brits tuck into turkey on December 25 but, if you only cook this meat once a year, it can be tricky to get it right.

 When it comes to the size of the bird, allow 1lb or 500g per personGetty Images When it comes to the size of the bird, allow 1lb or 500g per person

What size turkey do I need?

When picking the perfect turkey, you’re considering more than the roast dinner itself.

Part of the fun of Christmas is having enough leftovers for turkey sandwiches in the evening, and maybe a home-made curry or pie the next day.

However, this doesn’t mean you need to panic buy the biggest bird in the store.

This would be unnecessarily expensive and the bigger the bird, the longer it will take to cook.

The general rule of thumb is to allow 1lb, or 500g, per person.

Whole birds are the best value, but crowns are easier to carve – because the legs have already been removed.

 Your cooking calculations need to take into account time for defrosting, roasting and resting the birdGetty Images Your cooking calculations need to take into account time for defrosting, roasting and resting the bird

Is a 12lb bird big enough?

Yes, unless you are cooking for around 12 people.

For a group of six to eight, you’re recommended to buy an 8lb turkey – but some birds grow to much larger than that.

This farm in East Devon produced three 60lb turkeys in 2016. The enormous birds are eight times the average weight of baby born in the UK.

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Get your carb fix thanks to Dean Edwards with a meat feast spaghetti pizza or spinach and ricotta stuffed shells

AS CHRISTMAS draws closer and the cold intensifies, don’t forget to get your carb fix to keep you going. Thanks to Dean Edwards, you need to look no further. Meat Feast Spaghetti Pizza Serves…

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AS CHRISTMAS draws closer and the cold intensifies, don’t forget to get your carb fix to keep you going.

Thanks to Dean Edwards, you need to look no further.

Meat Feast Spaghetti Pizza

Serves 4

Prep time 10 mins

Cooking time 30 mins

Cals 642/ Sat fat 20g

 Indulge in our meat feast spaghetti pizza this winterLara Holmes Indulge in our meat feast spaghetti pizza this winter

For the sauce

  • 1 red onion, very finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1tsp sugar

For the base

  • 200g spaghetti
  • 60g Parmesan
  • 2 eggs, beaten

For the toppings

  • 1 x 125g mozzarella ball
  • 150g ready-grated mozzarella
  • 12 slices pepperoni
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4tbsp Nduja sausage or chorizo
  • 4tbsp mascarpone
  • Fresh basil, to serve

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/ 180°C fan/gas mark 6. Make the sauce by frying the onion and garlic in a splash of oil for 5 mins. Add the tomatoes and balsamic, then simmer for 5 mins until thickened. Season and add the sugar.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the pasta to packet instructions, drain, then place in a bowl with a little oil to stop it sticking. Cool slightly then stir in the Parmesan and eggs. Divide between two greased 8in spring-form cake tins and compress, bringing a little up the sides to form a crust.
  3. Spoon over the tomato sauce and spread evenly, then cover with the mozzarella, pepperoni, tomatoes and Nduja. Bake for 20 mins.
  4. Rest for a couple of mins then remove the pizzas from the tins, dot on the mascarpone and sprinkle over the basil.
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