Greasy's the word


By Jan Shure
March 10, 2010
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There is something deliciously ironic about the fact that a JC journalist seems to have inadvertently kick-started a debate on LBC about fried bread as a component of the traditional English fry-up. As a fairly regular newspaper reviewer on Nick Ferrari’s morning show, I am allowed to select stories which have, in Nick’s deathless phrase, “caught my eye”. Today, it was a Daily Express story, teased on page one as “Death by fry-up”, and headlined inside: “We all love a full English… but it may be killing us.”

My take on the story was that, in 2010, the only people who considered that it was news that such a fat-laden, carb-heavy breakfast would lead to premature death by heart attack, stroke or diabetes, was the newsdesk at the Express. Most other sentient adults had taken on board the health risks attached to eating, at one sitting, a fried egg, two pork sausages, two bacon rashers, fried mushrooms, hash browns and the aforementioned fried bread, anywhere between five and 20 years ago…

Nick, however, maintained that the Express dinosaurs were even more out of touch, as “no-one eats fried bread anymore”, and issued a challenge asking listeners whether they ate this potentially fatal combination of carbs and grease. And, yes, reader, they do. Nick was inundated by texts and emails from listeners telling him how much they love their fried bread, when they last ate it, and where the best is to be found (one listener’s idea of fried bread perfection was having the slices fried in bacon fat…I can almost hear the ambulance siren in the distance.

We can’t afford to be so smug: lots of kosher dishes are deeply unhealthy, too. But just don’t expect to hear subject debated on BBC Asian Network…

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