'But just for one weekend!': Why an Easter choc-binge can be bad for your health

Easter is often seen as an opportunity to binge on sweet treats - 'it's just for one weekend' we say.

But can just one weekend of over-indulgence affect your health?

Lee Kasumba gets the verdict from Dr Fundile Nyathi, CEO of Proactive Health Solutions.

He says there is nothing wrong with eating those delicious Easter eggs and bunnies, with one proviso:

The key message is moderation.

Dr Fundile Nyathi, CEO - Proactive Health Solutions

Keep in mind, says Dr Nyathi, that the sweet things on offer over Easter tend to include not only high amounts of sugar, but also large doses of saturated fats.

In a typical 100-gram chocolate egg or bunny the sugar content can be anything up to about 60 grams per 100 grams of chocolate.

Dr Fundile Nyathi, CEO - Proactive Health Solutions

Simply put, you could have about 12 teaspoons of sugar per Easter egg.

Dr Fundile Nyathi, CEO - Proactive Health Solutions

It's not only sugar that is the problem. There's also a high content of what we refer to as saturated fat.

Dr Fundile Nyathi, CEO - Proactive Health Solutions

He says it's this combination in high amounts that can play havoc with one's health, especially for people with existing health conditions.

It's important that people know that while they should indulge if they really want to, the amount of consumption should be quite low.

Dr Fundile Nyathi, CEO - Proactive Health Solutions

Dr Nyathi warns that over-indulging can actually be dangerous for people with medical conditions like diabetes.

That sudden rise in blood sugar can create a problem where people may end up in ER.

Dr Fundile Nyathi, CEO - Proactive Health Solutions

He also cautions parents that they allow their children to binge on Easter treats at their own peril.

They become so uncontrollable because of the sugar rush and it becomes a nightmare for parents.

Dr Fundile Nyathi, CEO - Proactive Health Solutions

Take a listen for more info on the dangers of over-indulgence over Easter:


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