As we prepare for the season’s opening of You Want Fries With That at Hickory Corners, the Ontario Medical Association is pushing for eateries to post calorie information about their menu items.
YWFWT is our – for lack of a better term – fry wagon that operates on a swatch of real estate adjacent to Action Sales on Highway 22. Doctors seem to think that it’s a lack of awareness and not bad choices that’s making our populace so fat. Somehow, they believe, it has escaped our attention that a hunk of cheese has more fat than a leaf of lettuce so they’re calling for regulations to hold the hand of the chewing public and teach them about nutrition. This is poppycock, which, by the way, has 160 calories per half cup with 8 grams of fat.
When someone stops for an order of fries they know what they’re getting. There is no possible way that anyone thinks deep-fried anything is the most heart-healthy choice, which is why fare such as ours is generally enjoyed on an occasional basis. They are, quite simply, the best french fries I have ever tasted but if I tasted them every day in no time I’d be dressing exclusively in stretchy XXXL sweatpants even for formal events. Requiring a small enterprise such as ours to figure out the caloric value of our wares is over-the-top. We don’t have a head office to do forensic potato audits for us. We’re too busy cutting the spuds for our fresh-cut fries.
The doctors have it backwards. It’s just the same as with cigarettes. Smoking every day will kill you but the product is legal so trying to outlaw the use of it is just, well, pushing people out onto the streets in front of buildings and ruining the experience for the rest of us. So if they really think a steady diet of fries is so bad, do what New York has done and say, no trans-fats in restaurants. That would force us all to find alternatives and level the playing field. But don’t make us into food Moms who lecture our clientele about what they choose to fill their bellies with. If someone wants a 600 calorie latte they’re going to order it as a treat. Hopefully they’re smart enough to not make it a regular part of their diet. And if someone wants to lunch on a plate of deep fried taters, hot out of the oil, they should be able to have them. Let’s assume they’re smart enough to choose a nice salad, easy on the dressing, for the next day’s lunch.