Here’s another topical subject from the ’cause it’s Friday’ files.

And it might be appropriate if you’re planning on having a bit of takeaway for dinner tonight or venturing out on the weekend for lunch somewhere.

Now, before I go on, I’ve got to give full disclosure here.

I have a massive weakness for hot chips.

Especially if they have chicken salt on them.

I can easily polish off way more than I need to eat.

And that’s after I’m already full.

So with that in mind, I’m going to share something with you today that I may have a biased opinion on.

There was a bloke last year (a nutrition professor from Harvard) who said that meals should only be served with 6 chips because they aren’t healthy and rank at the bottom of the vegetable chain.

This bloke was rightly laughed out of town.

I mean if my 1 year old can eat more than 6 chips if she gets her hands on them, why are we asking adults to limit to that amount.

And as for calling them a vegetable? 

Let’s call a spade a spade and agree they’re anything but in reality.

Then I read something last week about a dietician who said “don’t worry about that bloke, we can have 17 chips”.

I may be paraphrasing though.

She then went onto say that if you’re having thick chips, then 6 would be the recommendation.

Then she tops it off by saying her recommendation is to not order chips and just steal some off someone else plate to limit your damage.

Like I said in the subject line – I bet she’d be fun at parties…

Give me a break.

Here’s the deal with chips or fries or whatever you want to call them.

And the same goes with any other bit of junk food that you might indulge in from time to time.

It is a cheat meal.

Enjoy it.

Yes, you’re going to eat more than the standard recommendation.

Most people will.

I’ll probably eat enough for me and you.

And the next person.

But like I said, they’re a cheat meal and as part of the DPM food plan we don’t demonise them.

You feel like them?

Eat them.

Just plan it into your week.

And if you do happen to over-indulge?

Well, it is what it is.

So long as it’s not the norm and something that happens each day you’ll still be in front.

Go ahead, enjoy your chips this weekend. Guilt free.


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