SPEED versus nutrition. Is it possible to achieve both?
That was the challenge set by the University of Newcastle nutrition and dietetics team yesterday when it hosted the Fast Food Challenge at the Callaghan campus. Designed to raise awareness of unhealthy eating habits among young women, the challenge pitted teams of staff and students against each other.
While three members of one team were sent on a mission to pick up takeaway burgers and fries, fish and chips and pizza, the three on the opposing team took to the kitchen in an attempt to create faster, cheaper and healthier options.
The results were judged on cost, taste, nutritional value and cooking or delivery time.
Although one takeaway meal was the first to arrive, all the healthy options won by a landslide nutritionally.
The audience was told that a takeaway option of three slices of pizza would take 112 minutes of jogging to burn off.
University research has identified young Australian women as having the fastest growth rates of obesity.