Latest food news – crisps, One Direction Easter eggs and boozing Chinese
Here are some of the more quirky food stories making the news this week. In a week that seems to have been dominated by crisps, do some parents really consider a packet of crisps to be one of your five-a-day and what would you do if you found a whole potato in your favourite packet? Are the Chinese now heavier drinkers than us Brits and did you see the funny side to Lidl reducing the cost of the One Direction Easter eggs? Read on these and other great food stories this week.
One in 20 parents think a packet of crisps counts as one of your five-a-day
No, a packet of crisps do not count as one of your five-a-day. If this is news to you, then you should hang your head in shame. But don’t worry, you won’t be alone, as a survey of 1,000 British parents with children between the age of three and 15 found that a shocking one in 20 parents believed that a packet of crisps counted as one of their child’s five-a-day.
Finally! Fried chicken you can actually feel good about eating
If you love fried chicken and a feel-good story, you’re in for a treat. Chicken Town is a chicken shop with a twist, and it’s opening its doors in Tottenham this September. They’ll be serving up healthier versions of everyone’s favourite treat at the same price as their less-than-healthy competitors in an attempt to tackle childhood obesity.
Crisps take a bite out of Tesco’s claim to healthy checkout shelves
Tesco has been criticised by doctors and dieticians after it emerged that its “sweet free” checkout aisles – designed to help prevent children pestering parents into buying sweets and chocolate – still contain crisps. Crisps and other junk foods, which several stores including Tesco banned from checkout aisles in January, were spotted being marketed by a till as “healthy”
Lidl reduces price of One Direction Easter eggs by a fifth
The news that Zayn Malik had quit boy band One Direction provoked tears and outrage from the group’s legions of fans yesterday, with teenage girls taking to social media to share their grief. Discount supermarket chain Lidl saw the funny side of the situation, however. It announced on Twitter that it was reducing the price of its One Direction Easter eggs by one -fifth, to reflect the fact the band was now a four-piece
Man finds whole potato in packet of crisps
A customer of discount supermarket chain Aldi had quite the surprise when he opened a packet of crisps. Richard Bootman, 25, ripped open a packet of Snackrite steak and onion crisps only to find a whole potato – and nothing else – inside
Chinese people now drink more than British boozers
China’s rapidly growing middle class and pressurised workplace culture have created a nation of boozers, with the average Chinese drinker now consuming more alcohol than his or her British peer. Alcohol consumption per capita in China has risen from an average of 4.9 litres between 2003 and 2005 to 6.7 litres five years later