The Food Habits Of The British Public

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An article about the food habits of the British public.

Submitted: June 02, 2013

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We (The British public) are swamped with TV chefs , recipe books, weight watchers, five-a-day campaigns and supermarket traffic-light labels. The question is simple: Why do so many of us in Britain eat so poorly?

 

Let us look at two sides of the story. On one side we have a mother of two cooking in a well used kitchen in the suburbs of a well known British town. After slaving away for a good hour in the kitchen, Anne sits down at the dinner table where the fruit of her loins demolish a well waited meal. A delectable low fat dulcet chicken breast smothered in Jamie Oliver style caustic lemon sauce accompanied by a range of exotic vegetables all ripe and chopped to perfection. Sound fancy? I know what you are thinking. EFFORT!

 

Now let us look on the other hand. In fact, let us look at this other world. The disposable world. The world where people want to get rid of things in an instant. Where people are pushed for time and in a constant hurry. We might as well call it “The chuck-away world”. People buy ready made meals, throw it away and get on with life. Take Wayne and Shaniqua for example. They have had a very tiring day lying on the sofa and watching the X-factor repeats gulping beer. They haven't got the energy to cook. So what do they do? They order a dominoes. It is so simple. Just dial a number and hey presto you've got yourself a high fat, sugar, calorie, carbohydrate meal with the flick of a button. Now ask yourself, what would you do?

 

The problem is perception. People don't think they have time to cook. However, I do recall we all have 24 hours a day each? It is all down to how we organise our time. People make time for what they want to do. It is those people who enjoy eating properly that make eating part of their lifestyle. On the other side of that, we have the people who make time for the things they want to do e.g. watching X Factor or the local football match. Another issue is that we justify ourselves. “I don't have time to cook tonight, the football match is on at the pub”. What do you do at the pub? You buy snacks and beer and do nothing but watch a big screen. How wholesome. Can you see the irony?

 

Furthermore, an issue that you may ponder is the reason why people do not have time. As I said before, we all have 24 hours in a day, 7 days of the week. So what is our excuse? I agree that healthy foods can be rather pricey. But isn't it worth it? Is it really worth poisoning ourselves with 25p sugar infested squash rather then a bottle of icy cold refreshing Volvic? What is ironic is that usually the cheapest food is fruit or veg! They are not contained in expensive plastics and you can buy as much as you want, and no wastage.

 

Referring back to food being a lifestyle; food can bring typical British families together as one. It is that special time called Dinner time. Where the family gathers round the table and talks about their day whether it be good or bad. Where the family grows together and gets to know one another simply because the food has given them the opportunity to do so. It is the engine room of the family. So whether is be chicken Tikka or pizza or a Caesar salad, food can define you and what your lifestyle is. There's a phrase “you are what you eat” but I think it's more than that. I think it's about where you eat and how you eat it. You can eat chips and pizza in front of the television, mute and emotionless, or you can dig into it with meaning with the ones closest to you discussing your day and the local football team.

 

I think it's more important to focus on the ways in which you have your food, rather than how many calories you have in it.

 


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