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Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Ban the Big Mac?!
Prince Charles today said banning McDonald's fast food was the key to a healthy lifestyle.

His comments came as he attended the launch of a public health awareness campaign.

Charles, a strong advocate of organic food, was touring the Imperial College London

Diabetes Centre in Abu Dhabi with the Duchess of Cornwall.

He asked nutritionist Nadine Tayara: "Have you got anywhere with McDonald's, have you tried getting it banned? That's the key."
But British cuisine?

No problem, mate.

Spotted dick

UPDATE: Heh ... oops! Seems Charle's own line of organic Duchy Originals foods are worse than a Big Mac.

Look, no one ever claimed Charles was the brightest penny in the roll. Here's a suggestion, let's ban Charles and let people decide on their own what to eat.
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He asked nutritionist Nadine Tayara: "Have you got anywhere with McDonald’s, have you tried getting it banned? That’s the key."
I fail to understand why for people, the first impulse is to ban something. Education- not banning- is the real key. It’s also an ignorant impulse- McDonalds isn’t inherently that unhealthy. There’s no reason why someone who eats a normal diet and/or exercises can’t enjoy a fast food meal on occasion w/o health repercussions.

People gotta be allowed to make their own mistakes, even if that includes eating in a way that makes them unhealthy.
Written By: shark
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But shark, it’s not their fault, it’s McDonald’s fault for them being fat and unhealthy. Ban McDonalds and it’s all unicorns, fuzzy puppies and rainbows.

Thank goodness the position of "king" is a ceremonial one in the UK anymore.
Written By: McQ
So let me get this right Chuck? I don’t eat McDonalds so I must be healthy, That damn bottle of scotch I drink every couple of days, which hails from your Kingdom,
That’s not gonna hurt me at all right?
Written By: kyle N
Bread and dripping, the full English Breakfast, Black Pudding, Steak and Kidney Pie...but McDonalds is the problem?
Written By: Lysenko
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I can’t wait for the documentary where some idiot eats nothing but Duchy Originals for a month.
Written By: the wolf
A Brit giving nutritional advice? Please. I have eaten what they are pleased to call food. There is a reason you will not find a section on English Cuisine in even the largest bookstore. Aside from tea, crumpets, scones, and the British equivalent of head cheese, what is there? That is why they are always having tea; it is the only British meal that they themselves find palatable, and it is named after a beverage, not food. Even the Indian restaurants I tried over there had reduced what can be a wonderful sensual sasmpling of one of the worlds finest cuisines into an assembly of oily, brownish, bland, gravy-like dishes accompanied by slices of cardboard. Charley represents the nation that inflicts upon the world the aptly named "Wimpy burger", an item that makes the "Big Mac" taste like filet mignon. And yet they look down on the French. Not that that is a bad thing, mind you, but at least you can eat French food. One would think that at some time during the history of the two countries, some culinary influence would have crossed the Channel. Perhaps the reason behind the world-wide spread of the British Empire was nothing more than a quest for a decent meal. Lord knows they had a large variety of cuisines to choose from, yet the cuisine they ended up with can best be described by a word they borrowed from Urdu; khaki.

The beer is good, though.
Written By: timactual
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Never tried a Duchy Organic Pasty, but I’ve had pasties before. And I’d definitely take any pasty over a Big Mac. Hell, I’d sooner eat my dog’s kibble than a Big Mac :) (Not that Charles is in the right here, but come on, who really wants to defend the culinary mastery of McD’s?)

Lex, I think the figures shown in the post are content/100 g of either food. A Big Mac must weigh about 350 g, then, if both sets of figures are correct.

Written By: Steverino
who really wants to defend the culinary mastery of McD’s?)
Agreed, its the most horrible of all the fast foods. But that begs the question
Just who does eat at McDonalds? Really, they are the biggest thing out there, but I know of no one who admits to eating there.
Written By: kyle N
A big mac without cheese has 540 total calories, but read the image in the post again. It’s per 100 grams.
Written By: ChrisB
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My family has a cottage on Lake in the Upper Peninnsula of Michigan, which historically had a large early Corninsh immigrant population to work in the Iron Mines. I spent every summer as a kid there and still make an annual fishing pilgrimage. Pasties are a staple in the U.P.

If they are made right, fatty meat and lard are baked in a pie crust so every drop of saturated fat is retained. A pasty is a heart attacks on a plate. Nevertheless, I live on them when I am there (unless I am catching enough bass and brookies). They are great. Dobber’s of Escanaba are not the best, but pretty damn good, and you can order them on-line.

OTOH, you couldn’t make me eat a big mac under threat of torture. Let’s just hope for the sake of our UK cousins that the Queen outlives her son.

Long Live the Queen!
Written By: mw

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