Next time you’re on a night out, think carefully about indulging in that end-of-night ritual: the doner kebab.
New research from the Local Authority Coordinators of Regulatory Services (Lacors) suggests that the trusty doner may contain a number of surprises. The average doner contains around 1000 calories (about half of the total number you’re supposed to ingest each day); 60g of fat (of which around 30g are saturates); and 6g of salt (100% of your RDA). Some ‘small’ doners were found to be less healthy than ‘large’ ones. And there were found to be large regional variations – doners in London, for instance, are on average less harmful to your health than those in the East Midlands.
Of most interest is the fact that the meat content of the doner was often found to be different from that advertised – some lamb doners were found to contain pork AND were labelled as ‘halal’ on the packaging.
This research is published just a couple of weeks after the Food Standards Agency announced a voluntary scheme for restaurants to publish nutritional information on menus.
So should food outlets publish these data and be open and honest with the contents of the food they serve? Or, as Charlie Brooker suggests, will this ruin the fun of eating out?
Certainly an issue to chew over…