Shelagh McKinlay (who blogs at ‘The Absurdist’) on the latest useless piece of ‘research’ on diet:
I once ordered a cheese roll at a cafe in Fife and was astonished to hear the waitress cry: “Once through the hot fat for that cheese roll, Bobby!” Any nation that automatically deep fries its sandwiches must admit it has a problem.
From one café encounter, you generalise to fit a whole nation?
I’ve been to Scotland several times, had many fine meals in coffee shops, at market stalls, attractions, hotels and restaurants and never once – once – have I had anything other than, well, normal food. Some better than others, but never, ever, anything deep-fried.
So, does my experience invalidate hers?
Then there is the fact that the English diet is not necessarily anything to shout about. A quarter of English adults are obese and only 30% eat their five a day.
Spotted dick, yorkshire pudding, chicken tikka masala; all delicious, sure, but hardly nutritional nirvana.
Not if you eat them every day, and nothing else, no. But hell, even a deep-fried Mars bar won’t do you any harm if it’s an occasional treat and not breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The deadly serious point to this research is that diet in Scotland and the rest of the UK is a major public health issue and public policy must get better at understanding and addressing the reasons for that.
I’ve a better idea for you – how about the government accepts that it’s not up to them what people put in their mouths, and so stops funding all this useless ‘research’?