Ignorance about calories putting millions at risk

Millions of people are unaware of the calories they take in their daily meal and thus risking themselves to be affected by diseases like cancer, diabetes or heart ailments due to their uninformed choices in everyday life, a study has suggested.

According to a survey commissioned for World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), in Britain, two-thirds of adults underestimated the level of calories in foods such as houmous and so-called `light` mayonnaise. Just 32 percent correctly said houmous was high in calories and only 29 percent said that low-fat mayo was also high in calories, the Daily Express reported.

The fact is both houmous and `light` mayonnaise are actually high-calorie foods. It shows how there is a `troubling` lack of understanding about the calorie content of foods.

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