Wednesday lessons at Lutece Langue are going great so far. Today, we talked about food! Breakfast, lunch and dinner. We laughed hysterically as the instructor described the difference in the way Americans have coffee compared to the French.
Christine, our French instructor described Americans as walking down the streets, driving cars, and shopping with gallon sized cups of coffee from Starbucks in one hand, while the French drink tiny cups of coffee in small cafes...sitting or standing in one place. As I laughed at the comparison, I had to admit, I was laughing at myself too. If I could afford the splurge and if I could find the source of a large "to go" cup of coffee in Paris, I would have a cup in my hand walking down the rues of Paris. No such "uncultured" luck for me.
Our French class has 5 students, (3 Japanese girls, 1 Brazilian woman, and me). One Japanese student explained that she eats corn for breakfast. We laughed about the fact that the French consider corn, a vegetable for the animals, and it is not common as a side vegetable in Paris, although they will sprinkle a few kernels on a salad.
Lastly, our instructor explained that there is an obesity problem with French children 11 years old and younger. She said, French doctors say it is because of the American influence of eating chips, sugar, fast foods, like Mc Donald's, and the mothers are not cooking anymore. (what about the fathers?)
All the discussion about food and Mc Donald's, inspired me to conduct "research" after class. Is it really true that my beloved McDonald's could be the cause of an epidemic?
(Just in case you don't know, I absolutely love a McDonald's cheeseburger, small fries and a diet coke...every now and then. It's my drug of choice for whatever ails me.)
McDonald's Research Subjects
The Children seem to be happy....
No Signs of Obesity at McDonald's
Research Sample...Small Frites, Cheeseburger and Cola-Lite