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Is YOUR favourite pizza going to be affected by the new calorie cap? MailOnline reveals which popular dishes go wildly above new 928 limit (and those that you can get away with)
- Public Health England is calling for a reduction in meal sizes to tackle soaring obesity rates in Britain
- The number of overweight ten and 11-year-olds has now reached 197,888, official figures revealed yesterday
- Some children are eating 500 calories per day over Government guidelines – leading to obesity
Pizzas will have to shrink or lose their toppings under Government plans to cap calories in our favourite treats in an obesity crackdown.
Drastic proposals from Public Health England, which has previously said the nation needs to go on a diet, state pizzas should contain no more than 928 calories.
The guidelines will also apply to pies, which should contain no more than 695 calories. Proposed limits have yet to be revealed for ready meals, sandwiches, cooking sauces, soups, burgers and processed meats.
Papa Johns BBQ Meats Extra Large pizza tops the scales at a staggering 4,200 calories – meaning it would have to cut back extensively to meet the limit.
However, it is not the only offender. Popular dishes from Pizza Hut, Zizzi, Ask, Pizza Express and Domino’s will all also have to scale back, if the plans go ahead.
But others can be enjoyed guilt-free. Ask’s Light Caprina contains just 382 calories – a fraction of the recommended 2,000 and 2,500 calories a day for men and women.
Here, MailOnline reveals the most and least calorific pizzas sold at six of the most popular high street chains and take-aways.
MailOnline reveals the most and least calorific pizzas sold at seven of the most popular high street chains and take-aways. Papa Johns BBQ Meats Extra Large tops the scales at a staggering 4,200 calories – meaning it would have to cut back extensively to meet the limit
Chains such as Pizza Hut offer customers a choice of different pizza sizes and bases, giving them more control over their calorie intake.
Whereas other chains like Pizza Express and Zizzi sell their pizzas in just one standard size – meaning they are often higher in calories than others.
PHE officials met with retailers and food manufacturers, including Domino’s, Deliveroo, Just Eat, Mcdonalds and KFC, earlier this week to discuss introducing ‘calorie caps’ on food.
The Government is aiming to reduce calorie counts in every day foods by 20 per cent by 2024.
Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at PHE, said the threat of obesity on childrens’ health has been ‘decades in the making’.
She added it is not enough for restaurants to simply offer healthier options, stressing obesity can only be tackled if the calorie content of foods is cut.
‘It could mean less meat on a pizza, it could mean less cheese, it could mean a smaller size,’ Dr Tedstone told The Telegraph.
‘We know that just having healthy options on the menu won’t change the nation’s habits – we need the default option to have fewer calories.
THE NAUGHTIEST PIZZAS IN TOWN
Pizzas above the 928 calorie limit:
Papa Johns BBQ Meat Feast Extra Large
Papa Johns BBQ Meat Feast Extra Large = 4,200 calories
Topped with pepperoni, sausage, beef and bacon
Pizza Hut Phillycheese Steak Cheesy Bites
Pizza Hut Phillycheese Steak Cheesy Bites = 3,000 calories
Breaded chicken strips, hickory-smoked bacon and onions with a spicy buffalo swirl on a tangy ranch sauce with cheese-filled bites for the crust
Zizzi Pulled Pork Roma Rustica
Zizzi Pulled Pork Roma Rustica = 1,543 calories
Slow-cooked pulled pork and crispy crackling on a white base of Fior di Latte and smoked mozzarella with pepperoni, sunblush tomatoes, rosemary and smoked chilli jelly
Pizza Express Carbonara pizza
Ask Prima Salsiccia
Pizza Express Carbonara pizza = 1,420 calories
Pancetta, mozzarella and garlic oil on a béchamel base, baked with a free-range egg and finished with grated Gran Milano cheese and fresh parsley
Ask Prima Salsiccia = 1,116 calories
Fiery Calabrian N’duja sausage meat, roquito pepper pearls, balsamic red onions and fontal cheese
Domino’s Meateor Double Decadence Large
Domino’s Meateor Double Decadence Large = 957 calories
BBQ sauce topped with pork meatballs, ground beef, sausage, pepperoni and smoky bacon. Double decadance is two thin bases sandwiched together with a cheese and herb sauce
Franco Manca Pizza 6
Franco Manca Pizza 6 = 1,017 calories
Tomato, cured chorizo and mozzarella
THE HEALTHIEST PIZZAS ON THE HIGH STREET
Pizzas that contain less than 928 calories:
Ask Light Caprina
Zizzi Skinny King Prawn Diavola
Pizza Express Wholemeal Leggera American Hot
Papa Johns Mediterranean Veggie Gluten Free
Ask Light Caprina = 382
Soft goat’s cheese, rocket, Santos tomatoes, olive tapenade and mozzarella, with a rainbow salad
Zizzi Skinny King Prawn Diavola = 487
Butterfly king prawns, Fior di Latte mozzarella, crushed chillies and fresh oregano
Pizza Express Wholemeal Leggera American Hot = 548
Pepperoni, light mozzarella and tomato, with your choice of hot green, Roquito or jalapeño peppers
Papa Johns Mediterranean Veggie Gluten Free = 660
Pizza Hut Veggie
Roma tomatoes, onions, banana peppers, mushrooms, ripe black olives and mozzarella
Pizza Hut Veggie Individual Thin 11’’ = 864
Fresh spinach, sweetcorn, mixed peppers, red onions and mushrooms
Domino’s Cheese & Tomato Classic Crust with reduced fat mozzarella
Domino’s Cheese & Tomato Classic Crust = 480 calories
with reduced fat mozzarella
Franco Manca Pizza 1
Franco Manca Pizza 1 = 624 calories
Tomato, garlic and oregano
Pizza sizes must be reduced to stop children getting obese, new recommendations state
… AND THEY’RE AFTER YOUR PIES, TOO! PHE SAYS ALL PIES SHOULD BE CAPPED AT 695 CALORIES
Pies with more than 695 calories:
JD Wetherspoon British Beef & Doom Bar ale pie
JD Wetherspoon British Beef & Doom Bar ale pie = 1,078 calories
Made using Cornish-brewed Doom Bar ale, from Sharp’s Brewery, in Rock. Served with mash potatoes and mushy peas
Sizzling Pubs British Steak Pie = 1,017 calories
Served with chips and peas
Fray Bentos Minced Beef & Onion Pie = 703 calories
A minced beef and onion pie, covered in meaty gravy and topped with puff pastry
Sizzling Pubs British Steak Pie – served with chips and peas, and Fray Bentos Minced Beef and Onion Pie – covered in gravy and topped with puff pastry
Pukka Pie Veggie Leek & Potato
Pies with less than 695 calories:
Pukka Pie Veggie Leek & Potato = 549 calories
Filled with vegetables in a creamy cheddar sauce in puff pastry
Pieminister Kevin = 562 calories
Mushroom, tomato and red wine pie with baby onions and thyme
Clive’s Creamy Mushroom Pie = 521 calories
Fresh chestnut mushrooms cooked with onions and herbs in a creamy sauce
Pieminister Kevin – mushroom, tomato and red wine pie with baby onions and thyme, and Clive’s Creamy Mushroom Pie – Fresh chestnut mushrooms cooked with onions and herbs in a creamy sauce
HOW IS THE GOVERNMENT TRYING TO STOP OBESITY?
The proposed plans to restrict the number of calories in pizzas, pies and ready meals comes as part of drastic Government moves over the past year to try and cut down on obesity.
A tax on added sugar in drinks came into force in April, requiring companies to hand over more of the money they make from drinks which contain more than 5g of sugar per 100ml of liquid.
As a result, many soft drinks have had their recipes changed in order to avoid paying the tax and putting prices up. Sugary drinks are the biggest single source of sugar for children and teenagers.
The Government is also considering making it compulsory for all restaurants and fast food outlets to display the number of calories in each meal on their menu.
Some food outlets already do this but there can be unexpected numbers of calories in popular dishes, and the Government is consulting on the plans before a decision is due in spring.
In March this year, Public Health England warned Brits to crack down on the number of calories they’re eating, advising people to consume no more than 1,600 per day.
The watchdog says adults shouldn’t eat any more than 400 calories for breakfast, 600 for lunch and 600 for dinner – this would allow for some snacks, experts said.
Examples of 600-calorie meals include a tuna pasta salad and a small cereal bar, a chicken salad sandwich and a pack of crisps, or half a pepperoni pizza with a quarter of a garlic baguette and a banana.
In the same announcement PHE said shops selling the food should cut down their portion sizes to help people slim their waistlines.
Plans are also being considered to ban advertising junk food on television before 9pm, to reduce the number of children who are exposed to it.
‘The default options for pizzas are margherita and pepperoni pizzas, so we need them to get healthier.’
Proposals on how to cut calories are in an early stage, with further measures due to be announced in the spring.
Discussions between PHE and food manufacturers over the coming months should help ‘feasible and achievable’ decisions to be made on how best to limit the public’s calorie consumption.
‘These are early days in the calorie reduction programme, but the food industry have a responsibility to act,’ Dr Tedstone added.
‘The simple truth is on average we need to eat less.
‘Children and adults routinely eat too many calories and it’s why we’ve seen severe obesity in 10 to 11-year-olds at an all time high.’
She added: ‘We hope to see early commitment from the food industry – including the people who make, sell and deliver our food – translated into real action, sooner rather than later.’
Under current plans, calorie limits will not be mandatory.
However, ministers have warned tougher steps are required after plans to cut sugar consumption led to a two per cent decrease rather than the target five per cent.
Public Health Minister Steve Brine said the Government will do whatever it takes to keep children health.
This comes after official figures showed record numbers of children are severely obese by the time they leave primary school.
Health experts described the rise in childhood obesity as a ‘catastrophe’.
The proportion of 10 and 11-year-olds who are overweight or obese has grown to 34.3 per cent – 197,888 children – compared with 31.6 per cent in 2016/17.
Latest data from the National Child Measurement Programme shows 4.2 per cent of Year 6 pupils in England were defined as severely obese, up from 3.6 in 2016/17.
Some children were found to be eating 500 calories a day above the government recommendations of 1,650 calories for a boy of seven and 1,500 calories for a girl of the same age.
Today’s children spend at least twice as much time eating out as those who grew up in the 70s, with one in five meals being consumed outside the home, previous research suggests.
The Government has previously pledged to halve childhood obesity rates by 2030.
Duncan Selbie, PHE’s chief executive, said excess calorie consumption is the food industry’s ‘next big challenge’.
In a statement released after the meeting, he added: ‘This is the promising start we need to succeed in reducing calories in the foods included in the programme by 20 per cent.’
Other efforts to tackle childhood obesity have included calorie counts on menus, banning unhealthy food adverts after 9pm, and removing treats from checkouts and two-for-one deals.
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