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Theme park foodPosted at 11:26AM, 04 July 2008 by Graham Holliday - Blogger
Well, there's a surprise. Head to Alton Towers for the weekend and shock, horror, you'll be hard pressed to find decent nosh. And it's not just the original British theme park, but at 220 of Britain's other theme parks, wildlife parks, museums, sports centres and heritage sites a report this month says it's the same story.
The Local Government Association tell us that the food in these places is stacked with lard. Not just stacked, but oozing, dripping and coagulating with 7000% more grease - yes, you read that right, seven thousand percent more grease - than government guidelines recommend. Apparently, the owners of Alton Towers and Legoland were 'astonished' at the findings. In a statement, Gary Henderson, Head of Commercial Development said that their "primary responsibility is to provide a fun and enjoyable day out, and as such to allow our guests to take nutritional responsibility for their own food choices.
The food in these places is stacked with lard. Not just stacked, but oozing, dripping and coagulating with 7000 per cent more grease...
Hmmm... but if the only nutrition available in public places is a danger to your health, shouldn't the food providers be held to account somewhat more than they already are? It's not as if we're talking about spreading the butter a bit too thickly here. 7000 per cent more fat is more than an extra dollop of cream or a smidgen of butter, this is some serious, serious, mindbogglingly lardiness.
But the bit the grates me most, beyond the 7000 per cent, is the section in the report calling for "healthy option meals". This is such a loaded, overused and often meaningless 21st century phrase. It implies unhealthy is the norm and that healthy is an option if you're a wee bit awkward and if you really, really, must insist on eating something that won't fur the pipes and if you don't mind carrying the "healthily" branded packaged product to the counter.
Shouldn't all meals in the public sphere be healthy? Should unhealthy even be an option? Maybe we can live with 100 per cent more grease in our diet here and there, but 7000 per cent is edging beyond bonkers and into absurd.