MUCH to the horror of the nation's health fanatics, this is National Chip Week - and we are being urged by the nation's potato growers to down their naughty-but-nice product every day until the weekend.
This will be no great sacrifice for British children, whose addiction to fried potatoes is blamed by many doctors for fuelling the plaque of youth obesity attacking the nation, but to persuade more adults to indulge, the British Potato Council has issued some comforting statistics:
- Fat chips absorb less fat than thin ones because they have a proportionately lower surface area
- Oven chips contain double the amount of vitamin C of an apple of the same weight
- Fresh or frozen chips have no artificial preservatives or colourings
Less encouraging for the growers - who produce two millions tonnes of potatoes each year - is the fact that only 14% of adults eat chips once or twice a week.