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Brits’ Disastrous Diets

April 1, 2011

A British male weighs a stone heavier today than in 1986, a ticking time bomb for male health lifting rates of heart disease, diabetes and stroke. The biggest reason is fast-food, a population gorging on fired chicken, McDonald’s hamburgers and, Britain’s most popular cuisine, takeaway curries loaded with salt, sugar, artificial colouring, ghee, butter, cream and MSG.

As in Australia, the government is introducing a policy that has restaurants and fast-food outlets include calorie counts on menus. KFC is agreeing to sell griddled as well as fried chicken pieces. Other companies, as in Australia, are pledging to reduce salt by about 15 percent.

Sathnam Sanghera in The Times writes about supermarket pizzas which “taste only marginally better than the packaging they come in…” Calorie counters on menus in fast-food arrived in Victoria in late 2012, and will arrive in NSW over the course of this year. In Britain the government announced their “responsibility deal” on March 15 which along with changes targeted to alcohol consumption and physical activity, will also introduce mandatory calorie counts at fast-food outlets.

4 Comments
  1. Rationalist permalink
    April 2, 2011 10:27 am

    What’s wrong with MSG if you’re not allergic to it?

    • Bob Carr permalink
      April 2, 2011 11:33 am

      I would guess its sodium content. But I am guessing. My problem is that they don’t tell you whether they use it or not.

      • Michael Longley permalink
        April 2, 2011 2:38 pm

        There is nothing especially wrong with MSG that science knows of. No scientific study has found anything reliably adverse beyond a placebo effect since MSG came into the public consciousness in the 60s, through the borderline racist ‘Chinese restaurant syndrome’ myth).

        That said mandatory nutrition information on menus is a great idea and the regulation should be extended to all restaurants. Kilojoule contents in particular are vital as over-intake of energy (through sugars, oils and huge carbohydrate & meat servings) is driving obesity.

      • Bob Carr permalink
        April 2, 2011 6:26 pm

        Tell that to someone who is sick for 24 hours after some Cantonese chef has spooned it into your soup or sauce. By sick, I mean a hung – over feeling, really bad.

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