20 Apr

Survey: consumers confused on calories and obesity

first_imgA new survey by AB Sugar, the international sugar supplier, has found that 94% of UK adults are unaware of how many calories they consume on a daily basis.The company conducted the survey in the light of a barrage of criticism on sugar since the start of the New Year and said confusion was, in part, to blame for obesity.In March the World Health Organisation recommended that a consumer’s daily intake of sugar should be halved. And in January a new group called Action on Sugar suggested sugar had become as dangerous as alcohol or tobacco.The research by AB Sugar, which polled 2,000 British consumers, also found that:•             Over a third (35%) did not know that fish, chicken and eggs are good sources of protein;•             Almost a third (28%) did not know that rice, bread and pasta are high in carbohydrates; and•             Over a quarter (28%) did not know that cream, oil and butter are high in fat.Uphill battleDr Julian Cooper, head of food science at AB Sugar, said: “There’s no denying that the country is currently fighting an uphill battle against obesity but, as our research suggests, consumers are completely overwhelmed by the amount of information they receive about what to put into their bodies.“It’s clear from our research that it’s not just a lack of understanding about calorie consumption and expenditure that is causing a problem, but confusion about the different food groups, their role in our diet and how to balance it all. It’s therefore crucial that we all start working together to get on top of the points of confusion and to provide consumers with the facts and science needed to help them confidently make informed decisions about their own lifestyle choices.”AB Sugar claimed the recent media focus on sugar had contributed to a few wrongly held misconceptions. Just over half (51%) of the people it surveyed believed there was such a thing as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ sugar, when instead all sugars – whether honey, white granulated, brown sugar, or even the sugars found in an apple – are treated the same by our bodies. Vast numbers of people (98%) also did not know that sugar only has 16 calories per teaspoon (4g). In fact the average guess was five times higher at 89 calories.last_img read more

6 Oct

Great potential drives up price in bidding battle

first_imgThe home at 44 Manchester St, Eight Mile Plains.A shocker of a property has sold under the hammer in Eight Mile Plains, smashing the reserve by $50,000. Marketing agent Karl Gillespie of LJ Hooker Sunnybank Hills said 44 Manchester St sold for $420,500 to a buyer who had not even walked through the property. The three-bedroom, two-storey home, which was in need of a complete renovation, attracted 10 registered bidders and about 40 onlookers. “I was expecting four registered bidders … but another five people I’d never seen before showed up on the day,” Mr Gillespie said. The auction kicked off with an opening bid of $350,000. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“We had over 30 bids and some really heated bidding. A lot of people bid up to $400,000 but stopped as soon as it got over $400,000,” Mr Gillespie said. “It came down to a couple of Asian investors. “The woman who successfully bought it had never seen the property. She didn’t even look through the property before the auction but she does own two other homes in Eight Mile Plains and likes the area.” Mr Gillespie said the location and affordability of the home enticed buyers. “The property attracted a lot of bargain hunters because they could see the potential. A lot of builders and renovators wanted to buy and flip it,” he said. “Also the location has to be one of the most convenient in Eight Mile Plains. “Everything is within a few hundred metres, including shops and highways.”last_img read more