When it comes to choosing a biscuit, the options are almost limitless. However, biscuits are often high in sugar and fat, which adds flavour but also extra kilojoules.
The recommended daily fat intake is around 30% of your total energy intake, but with a maximum of 10% of total energy from saturated fat. This equates to about 70g total fat and 24g saturated fat per day in a typical 8700kJ diet. With around 4g of oil in a teaspoon, your total intake should be around 17 teaspoons per day. So before you reach for the biscuit jar, it pays to know how much fat you’re eating. We’ve looked at a few top-sellers to show you where to be careful. We’ve analysed based on 2 biscuits (as it’s hard to have just one!).
Arnott’s Mint Slice 9.0g fat in 2 biscuits 2.3 teaspoons of oil
White Wings Homestyle Chunkies Triple Choc Chunk Cookies 6.2g fat in 2 biscuits 1.6 teaspoons of oil
Arnott’s Monte Carlo 9.4g fat in 2 biscuits 2.3 teaspoons of oil
Walkers Pure Butter Shortbread 9.6g fat in 2 biscuits 2.4 teaspoons of oil
Arnott’s Snack Right Sultana Fruit Slice 0.6g fat in 2 biscuits 0.2 teaspoons of oil
Arnott’s Tim Tam Double Coat 12.4g fat in 2 biscuits 3.1 teaspoons of oil