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Issue 475, 21 January 2002

Fat tally receipts

Our supermarket receipts could soon be telling us whether we eat too much fat, following an investigation in Leeds into ways of assessing household fat and energy consumption.

Researchers from the University's nutrition epidemiology group and the public health nutrition unit at Trinity and All Saints found that, when compared with shoppers' food diaries, till receipts gave a good indication of consumption levels.

Director of the public health nutrition unit Joan Ransley said: "The research shows that supermarkets could play a role in helping us reduce the amount of fat in our diets. Advances in scanning technology could lead to a 'fat tally' of the foods in your trolley, compared on the receipt against the UK recommended levels of fat."

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