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Slimmers grabbing breakfast on the go might think they are doing well to avoid pastries and bacon sandwiches in favour of a fruit pot.
But we discovered a seemingly saintly breakfast bowl could have more sugar and calories than a bacon butty from a fast food chain.
A Daily Star Sunday investigation can reveal that at Boots a berry, yoghurt and granola pot contained 357 calories – which is more than a McDonalds bacon butty.
It also contained 31 grams of sugar, far more than a can of Coke or a Costa chocolate pastry twist which has 22 grams.
“People will be eating them and wondering why they’re not losing weight”
Elsewhere, a pot of seemingly nutritious Pret A Manger Bircher Muesli had nearly 35 grams of sugar in it – that is the same amount as in a Mars bar.
The Berry Good Bircher Muesli in Starbucks had 253 calories. In comparison, a bacon butty from Burger King had just 210 calories.
Even a trendy dairy-free Chai Almond Oat pot from EAT had a gut-busting 347 calories and 10 grams of sugar.
Meanwhile, a tasty sausage butty from Subway came in with slightly more calories, 400 but less sugar (just six grams).
Caffe Nero’s Apple and Berry Bircher Muesli had fewer calories – 203 calories – but more sugar (14.4 grams). Greggs Red Berry porridge had the least fat of all the breakfast pots we sampled (3.3 grams, with 250 calories and 11 grams of sugar).
Blueberry muffins from Starbucks had 472 calories and 26.3 grams of sugar, making them almost as calorific as a McDonalds Big Mac with 507 calories and nine grams of sugar.
Nutritionist Justin Lord runs The Life Lab Online and has worked with celebs like WAG Leanne Brown and actress Amanda Redman.
He said it was “worrying” that people were being sold seemingly healthy breakfasts that are packed with sugar.
Justin said: “It’s wrong. People will be eating them and wondering why they’re not losing weight.
“And there is every chance that they can gain weight if eaten daily.
“It’s terrible that when it comes to calories, eating a bacon butty from Burger King is the best option.
“Things like bircher muesli only taste good if sugar or sweetener is added.
“Without it, it would be like eating cardboard and people just wouldn’t buy it.”