Yesterday’s Daily Telegraph reported that a hospital canteen’s ‘fry-up’ pie had been described as a ‘heart attack on a plate’ (HAOAP).
A former government adviser called for ban on the pie crammed with bacon, sausage, black pudding and beans, with an egg on top, being sold for £1.50 at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee. Prof Mike Lean, former government adviser, and chair of human nutrition at Glasgow University, said it was a “shocking” example of a meal, adding: “It should never be anywhere near a hospital. It is laden with fat, salt and without a vegetable in sight. There should be strict guidelines for all food sold in hospitals.”
Prof Mike Lean obviously doesn’t consider beans as a vegetable. Nor does he consider the therapeutic effect of comfort food like this. For me the real problem is how cheap is the food for it to be sold for £1.50. Can anybody make any money from a food product like this at this price?
For many people, the HAOAP is a treat not a daily staple. The Professor’s remarks also exclude the possibility that the calories etc., may be being worked off either on the job or in the gym. If a little of what you fancy does you good, then this might be just the right thing.
Meanwhile the University of Glasgow boasts a number of cafés whose offerings include baguettes, baked potatoes, breakfast rolls, confectionery, deli cakes, desserts , hot chocolate, flavoured latte, ‘food for later’ range of soups and meals to take away, full breakfast(s), home baking, hot & cold drinks, hot filling jacket potato suppers , hot pastry savoury snacks, individual brasserie-style meals, pizza , sandwiches, soya milk options , speciality coffees and teas – made to order. There are Vegan, gluten free and vegetarian options available, but I’m sure that a closer scrutiny of the Bills of Fare would show a reasonable selection of artery hardeners. I’m glad the Professor is a former government adviser and not a current one.
The original article may be found on http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/11054202/Hospital-canteens-fry-up-pie-is-heart-attack-on-a-plate.html#disqus_thread