Culinary no-no #584

Culinary no-no began on Father’s Day 2007, a beautiful summer day, when I wrote about grilling brats. And eating brats. And topping those brats. I was inspired by my wife, Jennifer who, in my admittedly unscientific opinion, ruins brats by squirting ketchup on them. Other dining taboos quickly came to mind. The original idea was to take this concept only a few months, till the end of summer and then pull the plug. Then the unexpected happened. People started reading Culinary no-no. Lots of folks. So we keep doing the no-no.


If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

I could choose in a matter of seconds.

A  poll was taken from August 29-31 among 2,027 U.S. adults.

The #1 answer?

Pizza was the favorite food of 21 percent of those surveyed.

Steak came in second (16 percent), followed by hamburgers (13 percent), tacos (11 percent), pasta (11 percent), salad (9 percent), sushi (6 percent), and macaroni and cheese (4 percent).

Salad and sushi got that many votes?  Had to be millennials. Or socialists. Wait, they’re the same thing.

Harris conducted the survey for the California Pizza Kitchen restaurant chain so go ahead and doubt the findings because, of course, pizza came in first. But those are the results.

Let’s be honest. Pizza is mega popular. I don’t care who commissioned that poll.  People don’t just like pizza. They covet, they adore pizza.

How about we pay a visit to some well-known pizza joints.

First stop, Wauwatosa.

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And this place has two locations.

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One in Brookfield. The next two photos are from the Delafield restaurant.

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Where, as you can see, enormous pies can be purchased.

Goodness those pizzas look scrumptious. So what gives, Kev? What’s the no-no?

Look at the photos again. The no-no is plain to see, according to officials in England.

Public Health England announced last week that new data shows severe obesity among 10 to 11 year-olds has reached its highest level ever, 4.2%, while 20.1% of that age group are obese.

A 2015 study conducted by the University of Illinois at Chicago found the adverse dietary effects of pizza consumption suggest that its consumption should be curbed and its nutrient content improved.

We all know that kids love…

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Connect the dots and Public Health England, a government body by the way, is working on ways to achieve a 20% calorie reduction in foods popular among children by 2024.

According to proposals now being drafted, a standard pizza for one sold in restaurants or supermarkets should contain no more than 928 calories.

Dr Alison Tedstone is the chief nutritionist for Public Health England.

“It could mean less meat on a pizza, it could mean less cheese, it could mean a smaller size. Consumers are saying they want smaller portions and healthier options.

“We know that just having healthy options on the menu won’t change the nation’s habits – we need the default option to have fewer calories. The default options for pizzas are margherita and pepperoni pizzas, so we need them to get healthier.”

Restrictions on other foods like sugary snacks and sandwiches could also take effect next spring.

The overall childhood obesity plan would also include calorie counts on restaurant menus, a ban on advertising of unhealthy foods on television before 9pm, and the removal of such goods from checkouts and two-for-one deals.

For now these ideas are suggestions to address the problem and would not be mandatory. That is, for now.

Public Health Minister Steve Brine said the government was “willing to do whatever it takes to keep children healthy and well in this country.”

Hmm. Where have we heard similar talk before?

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We close with this link from our Culinary segment two weeks ago:

U.S. kids eating more fast food, healthier offerings not helping


Sorry, but you’re grilling your burgers wrong, and it could kill you

How to Not Be a Jerk on a Distillery Tour


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