The Great Easter Debate: Which Egg is the Healthiest?

Nutrition // Sarah Link // 11 April 2014

It’s the yearly conundrum – which chocolate eggs are okay, and which should you avoid at all costs? If you’re going to indulge, be smart! Check out our recommended best AND worst Easter treats.

Quality over Quantity

If you receive baskets of eggs from friends, co-workers or family, choose wisely!

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“Chose a smaller chocolate that you’re really going to love and take time to enjoy it, rather than eating lots of really not-awesome chocolate, just because it’s there,” says 12WBT lead nutritionist Georgie Moore.

Go for Hollow Eggs

Hollow eggs often come in at the same weight as solid eggs, but the difference is in the eating.

Georgie says: “People tend to pick at the hollow eggs but the solid tends to just go down in one gulp.” Keeping this in mind will mean eating your eggs will take longer, and you won’t be consuming unnecessary calories.

Opt for Dark Chocolate

The darker the better! It’s true that the antioxidants found in cocoa (the main ingredient in chocolate) is good for your heart and body, but it’s also true that the excess sugar, butter and milk powder in milk or white chocolate means those benefits are lost.

Stick with good-quality dark chocolate (think 70% cocoa or higher) to get the benefits AND flavour.

Just Don’t Overdo it!

Health experts are human too – and most of them love chocolate! They just enjoy it in moderation. Choose your eggs, savour them without guilt, and move on.

Remember: Easter is a day, not a month. So enjoy a couple of treats on Easter Sunday then, come Monday, give away any eggs you’ve still got hanging around the house.

Warning! Avoid the supermarkets when the discount Easter eggs spring up after Sunday.

Compare Popular Easter Treats

We’ve done the research. But before you reach for what SEEMS like a healthier choice, don’t forget to check our chart for just how long you’ll need to exercise to work it off!

Which Easter Egg Is Healthiest?

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