So, when I read about banning shawerma in Al-Ahsa during the summer in a local newspaper a while ago I thought it was joke. Until Ahmed mentioned that he haven’t had one in ten days. Need I remind you that we have 330 days of summer in this country? And I’m just being optimistic.
The reason behind this ban is that many have suffered from food poisoning after having shawerma from a number of different venues. And as Ahmed mentioned, it’s a lazy way to deal with the matter, instead of investigating it why not simply ban shawerma altogether?
And did I mention they banned mayonnaise in sandwiches too? Yes! Finally someone took a stand against mayo! No, this time I am seriously cheering them on. With increasing obesity in a country that prevents half it’s population from exercise for religious reasons, mayo should be banned.
Shawerma is one of the relatively healthier food options, considering that almost all our national dishes require killing an animal and using all it’s body fat to flavour the obscene amounts of rice that come with it. Did I mention that I’m a vegetarian?
Obesity, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, atherosclerosis and heart diseases are alarmingly increasing. The majority of Saudi women have decreased levels of Vitamin D, many suffer from osteoporosis.
We inherit our eating habits from our mothers, and our mothers inherit their eating habits from their mothers and so on. We don’t eat food because it is good for us, we eat food because we think it’s good for us.
Those fed more vegetables than meat, such as yours truly, end up veggie eaters. Others, such as most of our society, who are taught that meat is best food one could have, and offer, as it indicate nutritional value and socio-financial status end up devouring obscene amounts of meat; and what goes nicely with meat? Obscene amounts of fat soaked rice. Atherosclerosis, anyone? Comes with a side of bacon.
If you can’t/won’t fix your own eating habits, the least you can do is fix those of your children at a young age. They will eat what YOU put on their plate, and so will your grandchildren and great-grandchildren.