Footy food: a tonne of fat

With the Australian Football League (AFL) and National Rugby League (NRL) grand finals set to be held over successive weekends – starting with the AFL tomorrow – the National Heart Foundation has calculated that almost a tonne of saturated fat will be consumed at the grounds.

Around 170kg of salt will also be included in the pies, sausage rolls and accompanying tomato sauce.

The foundation’s CEO Dr Lyn Roberts has issued fresh pleas for footy fans to consider their heart health while taking part in the overindulging that has over the years become a major element of grand final weekend celebrations.

“Grand Final Day is a special occasion so it’s not the end of the end of the world if you enjoy a pie or sausage roll during the game, but consider going without the hot chips, or packing some healthy snacks to take with you instead,” Dr Roberts said.

“We know that eating too much saturated fat increases