22-12-2009R.E.

By Francisco Cortez

The amount of food and alcohol consumed over Christmas by Balearic families could have a serious impact on their future health, a top Spanish Nutrition and Dietitian Society warned yesterday.

Palma.—The traditional Christmas dinner in Balearic households, consisting of Christmas soup, roasted piglet  and Cuscusso, a mix of sugar, almonds, butter and sugar that can be used as stuffing or as a desert, can mean the ingestion of over 1,200 calories per person on average.
According to a recent study by the society, over a third of the local population exceeds the limit when it comes to food over the holiday period, with 13 percent  set to suffer from digestive troubles after.
With the amount of calories recommended by doctors  averaging 2,000 per day for women and 2,700 for men, the Christmas feast alone can provide up to  60 percent of the daily recommended allowance. Then there is the alcohol. “Alcoholic beverages are very popular at  this time of the year, which adds to the total calorie count,” a leading professor behind the study  pointed out.

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