Friday, March 01, 2013
The Toronto Star today has a short article about the different flavours preferred by Canadians and Americans when it comes to junk foods. Here in the Great White North, we don't do waffle and chicken chips. Apparently boring bland ol' Canadians generally prefer foods that are less sweet and more "neutral" in flavour -- except for holiday spicing (cinnamon and ginger) which Canadians do like pretty intense.
Not much to be said for junk food, of course, regardless of the flavour variations. But (using rough math conversion from kilograms to pounds) I was temporarily chuffed to read that a Canadian eats about 55 more pounds of fruit per year than the average American who chomps through just 113 pounds of fruit. And a Canadian eats about 102 more pounds of vegetables a year than the average American, who swallows only about 147 pounds of veggies. Virtuous Canadians, it's claimed, eat a whopping four times the seafood but less meat than Americans too. Wow!!
OK, then. How come I don't see a whole lotta difference in obesity rates here and in the US? Are Canadians counting French fries as veggies? Apple turnovers as fruit? Deep fried fish sticks as seafood? I'm thinking it's something like that.
Truth is, I sure would love to try those waffle chips!! Bet I'd love 'em!! Just as well we don't have 'em here. I'd be addicted in no time.