One of the great things about a road trip is a lot of interesting conversations. On our way to Baltimore, Sara shared all sorts of interesting nutrition and fitness wisdom with me. And along with solving all of the worlds problems, we also fixed the obesity epidemic (eliminate processed foods – eliminate obesity).
Did you know that ketchup is banned in French schools? Well not completely – it is only allowed the one day a week french fries are served. (And students can ONLY eat it with fries.) Since Sara has a love for Paris, she was able to tell me all about this. I found a related article and wanted to share some of it…
In an effort to promote healthy eating and, it has been suggested, protect traditional Gallic cuisine, the French government has banned school and college cafeterias nationwide from offering the iconic American tomato-based condiment with any food but — of all things — French fries.
As a result, students can no longer use ketchup on such traditional dishes as veal stew, no matter how gristly, and boeuf bourguignon, regardless of its fat content.
Moreover, French fries can be offered only once a week, usually with “steak haché,” or burger. Unclear is whether the food police will send students to detention if they dip their burgers into the ketchup that accompanies their fries.
The French are proud of their food and of their culture. I don’t think it’s such a bad idea. After all, ketchup is processed and since that is part of the obesity problem, it might need to go. My sweet potato fries would probably taste better without it anyway.
Happy Trails and Happy Running,