Inability to understand the calories in routine meals puts multitude at risk of grave illnesses like cancer, heart disease and diabetes. A survey commissioned for World Cancer Research Fund found that two-thirds of UK adults underestimated the level of calories in foods such as houmous and so-called "light" mayonnaise. Just 32 per cent correctly said houmous was high in calories and only 29 per cent that low-fat mayo was also high in calories, the Daily Express reported. The YouGov poll revealed that confusion around terms such as "light" or "reduced fat" was escalating the problem. "Despite decades of increasing awareness about calories and healthy eating, it seems a lot of people are still confused about the calorie content of everyday foods," Maya Monteiro, senior education manager at WCRF, said. "This troubling lack of understanding is perhaps not helped by labels such as 'light' and 'reduced fat' when applied to foods which still have a high calorie content." "The study also highlights the importance of having a system of food labelling that is both easy to understand and widely used." Both houmous and "light" mayonnaise are in fact high-calorie foods with houmous containing an average of 332 calories per 100g and "light" or "reduced-fat" mayonnaise containing an average of 259 calories. A fifth (20 per cent) of the 2,128 adults questioned for the research believed that bananas were high in calories even though the fruit contains just 95 calories per 100g on average. "Many people make New Year's resolutions to lose weight but it is important that they understand how to determine whether a food is high in calories. Reduced fat doesn't necessarily mean low fat. It is important for -people to be able to make informed choices about food," Monteiro added.Source: ANI << Obesity, Hepatitis C Infection Linked to Liver Cancer Risk France Affirms Inquiry on Defected Breast Implants >> Recommended Reading Negative Calorie Diet The History of dieting probably dates back to the year 1807. It was believed that King William suddenly felt the urge to lose weight after he found it difficult to ride his horse due to weight gain. READ MORE Lifestyle Modification: No Big Deal! Simple and practically possible lifestyle changes can make a huge difference in improving our health status without actually putting much effort. READ MORE Nutrient Packed Pomegranate The antioxidant content in pomegranate is said to be nearly three times the antioxidants found in green tea or red wine. READ MORE Why Do We Eat - Nutrition Facts The importance of eating food and the physiological, psychological and social functions of food. READ MORE Low Calorie Diet Low calorie meals or diet include foods that are high on nutritional content and yet have fewer calories. Updated information about low calorie diet or low calorie foods and its health benefits. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Fongitar (Zinc Pyrithionone) Selfie Addiction Calculator How to Reduce School Bag Weight - Simple Tips More News on: Low Calorie DietWhy Do We Eat - Nutrition FactsDiet Lifestyle and Heart DiseaseLifestyle Modification: No Big Deal!