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Kebabs and other 'junk food'Posted at 10:05AM, 02 January 2008 by Gregg Wallace - TV presenter, greengrocer
Why are kebabs synonymous with a bad diet? I'm not a fan of the big torpedo-shaped variety, dripping with fat but raw veg, salad, pitta bread, chilli salsa and chargrilled pieces of lamb?
A while back, I remember Paul Gascoigne being pilloried in one of the red tops for his consumption. Apparently (shock! horror!) he'd been out with friends, and was spotted eating one!
Heaven forbid, but dare I say, could it be a class thing? Would the newspapers been as titillated if Mr Gascoigne had been in a posh restaurant eating fois gras, or perhaps a pomme purée made with a kilo of butter?
Healthy or not, it seems a lot less socially acceptable if what you're eating could be referred to as 'junk food'. I recently filmed a series for the BBC about the food we eat. One of the programmes was about so called 'junk food'.
We looked at McDonalds and KFC. Both of these companies have plenty of information regarding the amount of fat and salt in their products. Both have this info on table mats, and one has it on the packaging as well. I'm not naming names, but next time you go to the supermarket, compare the salt and fat with some other items perceived to be healthier.
We took KFC on to the streets of Kensington in London. We did admittedly put it on a plate with couscous. I asked people if they would like to try it. Virtually everybody agreed. It was moist, well seasoned and rather tasty. I went on to ask how much people would be prepared to pay for it. Some went as high as £13. Snobbery aside, the bottom line is, it tasted good!
You see, we like fried food, it tastes good. If it didn't, there wouldn't be as many big companies selling it. We also as humans enjoy the taste of salt and sugar. I enjoy a bit of 'junk' food, I go to the movies with the kids and have something fried after. So don't beat yourself up, look at the labels. All things in moderation, oh and try to get some exercise. Kebab anybody?