Everyone knows chips are a dietary no-no. But now experts are warning that eating too much of the humble potato in any form – baked, boiled or as mash – could potentially be bad for our health. Research claims that eating potatoes four times a week could be harmful and contribute to the condition that causes strokes and heart attacks, Britain’s biggest killers.
Chips are a no-no? Doesn't that expression conjure up fond memories of childhood where Mammy wags the fingers sternly? "You know performing operations on your sister's dollies is a no-no? Off to the naughty step with you now." But then I suppose it's right that if they treat us as kids that we should be spoken to in the same manner?
I'm not particularly pushed about potatoes and certainly can't tell a Rooster from a King George. As chief cook and bottle-washer here in the Manor I can state with authority that I very rarely cook spuds. Chips yes, on a fairly regular basis, but the ony time I tend to use spuds is in a stew. I can also say with complete authority [without any “could” or “potentially”] that I have every intention of forgetting the above pathetic little bit of arse dribble as soon as I press the Publish button.
I often wonder at the public reaction to these "studies". Are there people who are so gullible and insecure that they actually suck up all this rubbish? Do they frantically scan the morning papers and keep a ledger of all the things they must or must not eat? Potatoes allowed only four times a week? Dolmio sauce allowed ony once a week? No sugar? No salt? Must use more Hummus? Oh no – careful of the Hummus because it may contain salt? Can't touch breakfast cereals as they contain half a ton of sugar? A decent fry fo breakfast is a HUGE no-no because of all those cancers lurking under the rashers?
Life must be pretty miserable for them. Every day their eating habits are becoming more and more restricted. No alcohol or tobacco. Can't use the car because everyone knows that you'll be killed in the first half mile. Kids aren't allowed out in case they are kidnapped, raped or murdered. Can't go out themselves in case someone is smoking in the adjoining street. Can't stay in because there is a mobile phone mast only three miles away and God knows what that's doing to their brains.
Life must be a constant turmoil of anxiety, not knowing what could be harmful and contribute to the condition that causes strokes and heart attacks?
All that stress can't be good for the heart?
It could lead to a stroke or heart attack.