You can call a can of Strongbow a lot of things, but healthy isn’t one of them.
According to Slimming World, anyway, which rates avocados higher up on its scale of foods likely to cause weight gain.
While avocados have a syn rating – what it uses to categorise foods which could risk weight gain – of 14, a can of Strongbow Dark Fruit cider has a rating of 9.5.
The strange contrast, which was pointed out by student entertainment website Student Problems, is sure to baffle anyone who assumed the fruit was super good for them.
And rightly so, because while avocados are certainly high in fat (as Slimming World points out), they do contain beneficial nutrients too.
There’s a difference between wanting to lose weight and trying to lose weight
So it’s important not to be whisked away by the promise of lower calories alone, especially for those of us looking to be healthier rather than explicitly lose weight.
A spokesperson for Slimming World said: “Slimming World’s eating plan encourages slimmers to fill up on foods that are low in energy density (low in calories yet satisfying), including fruit and veg, lean meat, fish, pulses, eggs and more – we call these free food.
“Foods that are higher in energy density – that is, they contain more calories per gram and as a result are more of a risk for weight gain – are given a syn value.
“This includes foods like chocolate, crisps and alcohol, as well as avocados.
“While avocados contain some beneficial nutrients – including healthy fats – they are a high-fat food and an average avocado can contain up to 300 calories, so they make weight loss more difficult.
“Members enjoy between five and 15 syns a day, and they choose how to use them to suit their lifestyle.
“So while one day they may prefer to choose avocado, on another day they may prefer a piece of chocolate, a packet of crisps or indeed a cider.
“This means their consumption of high-calorie choices is naturally limited. Instead, our members successfully lose weight by focusing on the filling power of Free Food – without guilt or restriction.”
In other words, it’s a specific weight-loss system for people that use Slimming World, not a bible for absolutely everyone.
Still – when the weather gets hotter and we’re craving a Strongbow Dark Fruit, perhaps we’ll pretend we didn’t know that.
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