Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Brits cross the 50% mark

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Food Diary (January 16, 2012)
Breakfast: Rolled oats with plums, sunflower seeds and flax seeds
Lunch: Fish in spicy tomato sauce with rice
Dinner: Spaghetti with mushroom and egg

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After years of hard work, the Brit’s have crossed the 50% mark. For the first time ever, UK diners are buying 50.4 per cent of all their meals out from burger bars, chicken chains and fast food restaurants. In other words, more than half of all meals eaten outside of the home in Britain are now from fast food restaurants. 

I thought the percentage would have been higher. I guess pubs account for a significant percent of meals. I don’t know whether pub grub is healthier or not, its certainly more expensive and not fast food. And the accompanying drinks may affect the health aspect of the overall dining experience.

This is the first time that I have seen statistics on the market share of fast food. It would be most interesting to see statistics from other countries. It may be perhaps tricky to define fast food in a consistent manner. Chinese meals can be prepared really fast but it is probably not fast food in the conventional sense of the word.

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  1. sigh as life gets busier, we tend to settle for food that is fast and accesible! if only fast food was healthy. in japan, fast food is rice and seaweed, while mcdonalds n such are more expensive. i think that's why they are so healthy over there!

    you know what's weird? dried peas have more carb/starch content than the fresh ones. isn't that weird? i was researching it the other day...

    Even WHFOODs says that dried peas are the starchier version of fresh peas. I guess it has to do with preparation:

    "When fresh peas are not available or when you want to enjoy a starchier, hardier flavored legume, dried peas are the perfect choice; they are available any time of the year."


    1. That is weird about dried peas. I will find out more on why this is so. Thanks for the link, I like WHFoods site.

  2. Yeah, I'd love to see the stats for the US. I eat fast food about once a year...but we do order pizza for the kids a couple times a month. But I think we are atypical.

  3. I'm not sure I want to see the stats for the USA. Might be too depressing.

  4. Wow. It's odd to think that most other nations don't eat out as much.

  5. Holy crap! The stats for the US would go off the charts!
    Pub food used to be cheap and wholesome .. real food ... well, the ones I had 30 lbs ago anyway. I don't know what it's become these days... the food, I mean. The pub food here and those in England & Ireland ... oh heck, there's no comparison.

    1. I know, which is probably why they don't publish it:)
      I have no personal experience with pub food from 30 lbs ago to today:) I am guessing chicken tikka masala and other ethnic food is more popular. I guess pubs in KL don't offer tikka masala!

  6. Scary... Especially since in Europe fast food is far from being as healthy as in Asia (from what everyone says). I think Asian countries' fast food consumption shouldn't be compared with the European and North-American (even Asian fast foods in Western countries are often made with pre-cooked, pre-seasoned products), but it would be interesting to see results from other Western countries (I think, sadly, no nation in Europe eats as badly as Britons...). I think there is a small apostrophe mistake in Brits ;-) (Sorry it's the only one I always notice)

    1. Actually some of the Asian fast food is really unhealthy, and some (or most) are really healthy. Fried kway teow comes to mind, my fav but you don't want to know what goes in it! Portion sizes are smaller in Asia which helps.
      Brits are the 'leaders' in Europe it seems. I always make mistake with apostrophe. I need to be more careful

    2. Mr. Three-Cookies, you are perfect with spelling! I think this is the only thing I have ever seen here! (Remember my spelling mistakes, forgotten details, etc.?).

  7. Indeed world stats would be great. But since British cuisine is not the best, except for some good dishes, I can see why fast food could be attractive. At least for a local. I did have wonderful meals in London.

    1. Thats a fair explanation, though debatable:)!

  8. WOW!! what does the lady mean "British cuisine is not the best!!!!" It sounds like more British mum's should get back into the kitchen!
    Mary x

    1. Forgive her, she probably hasn't visited your blog:)

  9. I don't think Jamie Oliver would be happy about that. He's been trying to get them to stop buying takeaway rubbish for years now. If that's the trend, you can only hope the takeaway outlets make their food a lot better for you.

    1. His efforts are producing negative results perhaps? But he is still popular

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