The burger prince? pictureOn his recent visit to Abu Dhabi, UK’s Prince Charles made one of his usual controversial statements about food. As the royal couple watched a class of children being taught about food choices, the Prince turned to Nadine Tayara, a local nutritionist, and asked: “Have you got anywhere with McDonald’s? Have you tried getting it banned? That’s the key.”

His remark may have been off the cuff, but concerns about the diet of lthe UAE’s population seems well-founded. More than one fifth country’s of the adults between 20 and 79 are diagnosed as diabetic, and 40 per cent of the entire population is deemed to be at risk.

McDonald’s fought back. A spokesman said “The Prince is clearly unaware of some of the moves the company has made, such as improved labelling, supporting sustainable agriculture and nutritional changes.”

It’s true that McDonald’s has made a few changes. Some were the result of the highly effective anti-burger publicity generated by Morgan Spurlock’s “Supersize Me”. His effort to survive on nothing but McDonald’s supersize burgers for 30 days, proved how bad an excess of burgers can be for your health. His revolting documentary persuaded the company to drop its supersize portions.

Prince Charles has long been an advocate of the importance of a balanced diet, especially for children. His spokesman said: “In visiting the diabetes centre, he was keen to emphasise the need for children to enjoy the widest variety of food and not to eat any particular sort of food to excess.”

The key to improving the UAE’s diabetes rating healthy eating is actually quite simple. Avoid processed, fried and fatty food, and up the intake of fish, fruit and vegetables.

Click here for some useful tips to help you stay fit and healthy.

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