Friday, May 6, 2011

The Royal Wedding: A Celebration of Not-So-Nutritious British Foods

You may have heard about a certain royal wedding that took place last week in Great Britain (*insert sarcasm here*).

The buzz was awfully hard to avoid!  One of the girls in the FoodCALC office got especially into watching the coverage, and even went so far as to throw a “royal wedding viewing party,” complete with tiaras and nibbles for her guests.   This got me thinking…

How would some classic British food stack up nutritionally?  If you’ve ever eaten at a British pub or tea house, you may agree that it’s not known for being the healthiest fare…but it sure can be delicious!   

As an ode to the newly married William and Catherine, let’s break it down:
 Scones with jam and cream (AKA “a cream tea”): 485 calories.
Flaky, buttery scones topped with clotted cream and jam are a classic British teatime treat. 

Eggs, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes, and baked beans with toast (AKA “a fry-up”):  780 calories.
Two eggs, two rashers of bacon, a piece of sausage, fried mushrooms and tomatoes, baked beans and a slice of fried bread may be a delicious English breakfast, but the calories quickly add up!

Fish & chips: 595 calories.
The signature British meal is made even better by piling on lots of malt vinegar, salt, and ketchup!

Sticky toffee pudding: 156 calories.
This steamed dessert is a sweet, sticky indulgence and is commonly served with vanilla ice cream or custard.  Beware, 156 calories will only get you 1/6 of a serving.  The cake below contains a whopping 936 calories and over 50g fat!

Note: all calorie information is based on standard recipes and average portion sizes.

With delicious meals such as these, it makes you wonder how British food has ended up with a bad reputation.  There is plenty to indulge in here, right?!

Cheers to the newly married royal couple!


  1. How fun. I love the pudding...

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