In Defense of Chips and Fries

There are many hurdles to making sure your kids eat healthy in the UK but none so challenging as that killer combination: Fish and Chips.

Okay, so apparently there won’t be enough fish to go around in the near future for us to be guilty about feeding (or depriving depending on your point of view) the delightfully decadent salty-sweet battered cod to your young ones.

But chips? How, when you crave those greasy treats can you possibly keep them away from children who seem to be genetically hard-wired for devouring heavy-duty carbs?

The answer, I am glad to say, is you don’t. Everything in moderation is what we preach here in Gastrokidland and the London Times this week validates our belief that chips aren’t bad (well they sort of do)

In a pretty funny discussion of the lies mother’s tell in order to sound like they’re truly healthly-eating freaks, the Times appraises what type of chips you can eat and why.

Their conclusion: 

".. the fatter the chip, the better. Thick-cut
chips from a chip shop will have 394 calories per typical 165g serving.
While this hardly makes them a “health” food, they are an improvement
on the thin-cut French fries from burger bars, which absorb more fat
while cooking so you end up with 512 calories and 28g of fat in a
similar serving. The most prudent advice is to buy the thick-cut type
and share a portion between two children."

I’ve never liked the franchise french fries and true French bistro fries always seem to crunchy so this nuevo-embrace of the thick chip (covered in salt and vinegar of course) has been celebrated in our household.

But wait, it gets better.

According to the Times,

"Chips also provide up to 15mg of vitamin C (half the amount
that a ten-year-old needs each day) in a 165g portion, so you can even
get away with serving oven chips several times a week."

We don’t go that far. Once every two weeks for a slap-up fish and chip Saturday lunch (with perhaps a Clark’s pie thrown in for good measure) is our regular date with the devil.

But it’s good to know that while we dabble with the dark side, a love of chips will not condemn us or our children to foodie hell.

Will it?

- Matthew

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