Food Cops Don’t Make UK’s Top 50 List

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has issued its list of “50 things to eat before you die” — and with it, a rebuke of nutrition scolds and animal rights activists bent on controlling our food choices. While we can’t vouch for everything on the viewer-voted list (kangaroo and Moreton Bay bugs come to mind), consumers have a right to eat what they please. Unfortunately, people like the self-described “food police” at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and the bleating animal-rights activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) want to take away almost every single item on the Brits’ list of favorite foods — and on your list, too.

BBC to PETA: No food for you! Out of fifty items, only a handful — such as Mango (41), Durian fruit (42), and (non-milk) chocolate (23) — meet the meatless menu threshold.

The picture isn’t much better for CSPI. Sure, it may approve of the fresh fish (1), but Chinese food (5) and Mexican food (27) have already been famous targets of the group, as has pasta (15). The nutrition nags with a food enemies list a mile long certainly wouldn’t care for chocolate (23), the “American diner breakfast” (29), Australian meat pie (40), or haggis (48). And from recent experience, we know they hate burgers (26).

If the BBC received any vote for a steady diet of nagging, we’re guessing that it came from an M. Jacobson. Thankfully, most of us still find his recipe for menu control fit for neither man nor beast.

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