Are frites considered junk food? They do contain fat and salt. Good frites are divine. I like them with flavoured mayo as in Belgium. Especially hot and spicy, perhaps with harissa.
An interesting thing to do in a new country is go to a supermarket and look at the junk or snack food. There are usually flavours other cultures would never think of. Some are even worth trying, others are too frightening. (Photographers could really contribute to this thread).
Little interest in sweets, and none in fizzy sweet bevvies. I was so happy when someone made me cheese and herb shortbread cookies!
Well of course in terms of fat, salt and calories, frites met (with in Dutch, meaning with some mayo substance) are certainly junk indeed. I was thinking, as in your Mexican snack cakes, of the fact that they don't really contain any strange frankenfood substances. I was just afraid they were somehow too virtuous or bourgie for this thread.
Hee hee, LaGatta ~~ too virtuous, indeed! I guess the definition of "junk" food is food that doesn't give back enough nutrition for the sugars &/or fats consumed. Would everyone agree with that or not?
I doubt the snack cakes are preservative-free, they just taste more real to me than their counterparts in the States. Come to think of it, I haven't had a snack cake for @four years!
*fret fret* Gee, Livaco, is there a chance we might be bad influences on each other? (thanks for the welcome!)
I'm a bit confused by the term junk food as well. Is it fast food? Just American fast food (sorry Americans!), does it include Asian deep frieds? Asian fast food?
I like the donuts mentioned by D in the OP. Are your donuts round and filled with some jam? I thought in North America donuts were circular with toppings?
My favourite junk food right now, and I buy it every Saturday on my home from the office, are deep fried cookies/breads that I buy from a small cart standing in front of a school entrance. They have mini fried devils (it's a primary school), small balls of dough filled with either soy bean, yam or black bean paste, something that looks like a cherry tart from McD but filled with a savory mung bean mixture, and a couple of other things. I usually get 15- 20 pieces and have them for lunch at home.
Well, no one has to accept my definition of what makes food junk. "Junk" is harsh, though. Really what I meant is "foods that shouldn't substitute for more healthful options". I'm such a fun person! ;D
On the other hand, I see a trend developing in the last two posts of "if I like it so much, it can't be junk!". I have a feeling LaGatta's frite fetish is in this camp.
I eat frites very, very rarely. I know they are high in fat, salt and calories. The last time I had a "cornet" of frites was on my birthday this spring. I was just thinking that junk food usually involves a lot of chemical substances not found in nature, which was definitely not the case for these frites - though frozen packaged ones with a "crispy coating" definitely enter the chemical realm. I wasn't trying to claim that eating frites (or "natural" crisps cooked in sunflower oil in small batches) was good for the health or something people should be doing every day.
And as hwinpp asks, what of those yummy fried Asian snacks, like imperial rolls that are fried, but filled with vegetables and/or seafood, and typically eaten with lettuce leaves and other greens? (sort of a yin/yang of healthy/unhealthy).
Interestingly enough, Quick, the #2 fast food chain in France (after McDonald's obviously) stopped salting their fries about a year ago. There are little packets of salt available for customers who want to use it.
Meanwhile people should know that thicker limp fries are much healthier than shoestring potatoes, because they absorb less oil.
1. Pomme fretes with Black Truffled Stilton cheese. 2. Potato chips with vinegar and salt 3. Phish Food Ice Cream by Ben & Jerry. At least its only a quart. 4.
When you're chewing on life's gristle[br]Don't grumble, give a whistle[br]And this'll help things turn out for the best...[br]And...always look on the bright side of life...[br]Always look on the light side of life.[br]Monty Python's Life of Brian[br]
I remember that first hearing "Currywurst", I thought it might be just a sausage with curry spicing - sounded tasty. But no, it is served with ketchup with curry powder mixed in (though now there is a ready-prepared sauce). Sounds junky indeed.