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Is Polish food still more natural than in the West?


rychlik 41 | 373
25 Jul 2011 #121
I don't know why they do it. It's depressing.
Also, I have noticed that Europeans in Canada, do look younger than the average Canadian their age.
legend 3 | 664
25 Jul 2011 #122
Also, I have noticed that Europeans in Canada, do look younger than the average Canadian their age.

Yes. I was born in Europe and now live in Canada.
A lot of people say I am 5 years younger than what I really am.
teflcat 5 | 1,032
25 Jul 2011 #123
Also no large meat factories, at least not to the same scale as in the US.

I recently watched a film about the US meat giant Smithfield. Scary stuff. They are in Poland. You can see it on Documentary Heaven.
pip 10 | 1,661
25 Jul 2011 #124
Yes. I was born in Europe and now live in Canada.
A lot of people say I am 5 years younger than what I really am.

I am from Canada and now live in Poland. People are shocked when I tell them my age- I easily look 10 years younger than I am, of course I eat healthy and haven't sun tanned since I was 22 and I don't have one wrinkle.

I think Europeans look older than their age. They smoke, sun tan and live in more polluted environments. Canadians look younger but they are fatter.

As for the meat production. You get what you pay for. If you buy your meat at Biedronka and Lidl- they are going to be crap quality. If you go to a proper butcher you will get good quality. You can buy sausages here with 97% meat or 43% meat. The choice is yours.

Read labels and do yourself a favour.

Since Poland joined the EU the people have gotten fat and fast. It is quite shocking.
NorthMancPolak 4 | 648
8 May 2012 #125
People are shocked when I tell them my age- I easily look 10 years younger than I am, of course I eat healthy and haven't sun tanned since I was 22 and I don't have one wrinkle.

Heh :) That's probably my reason as well - no tobacco, minimal alcohol, and absolutely NO sunbathing. I saw a recent photo of a well-known footballer yesterday (someone who is generally considered very attractive), and I'd forgotten that he is actually seven years younger than me - I have no wrinkles, but he looks quite wrinkly now - and that's someone who has made a living out of keeping healthy/fit! Whereas I grew up on Polish food and don't exactly have a healthy job lol :D

As for the meat production. You get what you pay for. If you buy your meat at Biedronka and Lidl- they are going to be crap quality. If you go to a proper butcher you will get good quality. You can buy sausages here with 97% meat or 43% meat. The choice is yours.
Read labels and do yourself a favour.

Spot on. What Poland does particularly badly, imo, comes in packets. Not that it's much better anywhere else (mind you... Telma Hebrew Alef-Bet pareve chicken-flavour soup is very nice, lol) but...

I mean stuff like this: which I was given a few years ago, but never got around to using until tonight.

Not only is it full of chemicals, but it's hilarious that anyone would think this tastes "Chinese". Even the Uncle Bens sauce over here is more "Chinese" than all this Polish "przyprawa do... " stuff. It tastes of salt, and little else. Why does that "wyjątkowy Polski smak" always have to get in the way? haha

But there is no such thing as waste food in my house (Polish upbringing lol) so it had to be used ;)
strzyga 2 | 993
8 May 2012 #126
all this Polish "przyprawa do... "

since when has Knorr been Polish?

anyway, you're my hero for eating this ****
NorthMancPolak 4 | 648
8 May 2012 #127
since when has Knorr been Polish?

Produced in Poland and adapted for Polish tastes ;)

anyway, you're my hero for eating this ****

lol.

You can blame ShelleyS for this :D
strzyga 2 | 993
8 May 2012 #128
Produced in Poland and adapted for Polish tastes ;)

or rather, the Germans think so :)

BTW it's funny when the Westerners complain about the very things that came to Poland together with the EU, or global corporations :)
NorthMancPolak 4 | 648
8 May 2012 #129
hehe :) Well, I didn't grow up on this rubbish, my mum made real Polish food - even my baby food was home made lol :)
RevokeNice 15 | 1,859
8 May 2012 #130
Since Poland joined the EU the people have gotten fat and fast. It is quite shocking.

I blame the EUnuchs for a lot, but not this one.

Its modern lifestyle. Especially for kids. KFCS-Mickey Ds- Burger Kings opening up all over europe.

As a kid, we used to get take aways in at the end of the week. But then we started trying to replicate. Much more fun and much, much healthier.

The rise and rise of Xboxs and Playstations has a hand in it too. I had a playstation as a teen, but I much rather playing football instead of playing it online.

That and the introduction of social networking. Before you had to call around to your mates if to talk to them and would inevitably start kicking a ball around for the day/weekends evening-night/after your homework on weekdays. Now kids just have to log onto their laptops.

I think Europeans look older than their age. They smoke, sun tan and live in more polluted environments. Canadians look younger but they are fatter.

Responsible tanning in the summer, isnt a problem. Whacking the sunbeds out of it twice a week is.

Smoking, I agree here. I was a smoker since before teens. Gave up recently. I "developed" dimples when I smile. Cute looking now that I am still in my twenties, but they are gonna look disgusting when I get older.

Not only is it full of chemicals, but it's hilarious that anyone would think this tastes "Chinese". Even the Uncle Bens sauce over here is more "Chinese" than all this Polish "przyprawa do... " stuff. It tastes of salt, and little else. Why does that "wyjątkowy Polski smak" always have to get in the way? haha

Its garbage and riddled with chemicals. You are what you eat. You eat crap all the time, you will look like crap. Food is fuel. If you put the wrong kind in, it will slow you down.

Everything in moderation. I love a nice few pints, chicken wings laced with hot sauce, juicy burgers, ribs, fried chicken, fish and chips and all that stuff. The key is to eat it as a treat, a once off. A reward. Eat it regularly, and it will have side affects.
jon357 63 | 15,214
8 May 2012 #131
since when has Knorr been Polish?

Most of it's made here by Unilever. They use the Winiary factory.

Its garbage and riddled with chemicals. You are what you eat. You eat crap all the time, you will look like crap. Food is fuel. If you put the wrong kind in, it will slow you down.

Pretty well true - and a lot of the stuff consumed day to day in Poland (in cities at any rate) is very low quality.

chips

People here have an aversion to actually cutting the potatoes and deep frying them - frozen chips are the new national dish - even the restaurants use them.
Sebastian 6 | 108
8 May 2012 #132
If by "west" you mean Western Europe, than no, its not more natural. Polish food, compared with food in Germany, France, Spain, etc, is just as natural and fresh. Pretty much every European country has organic food available, with fresh seafood, fruits and vegetables. Polish food is no exception. Every European country has tons of natural and organic foods, and processed crap as well.
RevokeNice 15 | 1,859
8 May 2012 #133
People here have an aversion to actually cutting the potatoes and deep frying them - frozen chips are the new national dish - even the restaurants use them.

Introduce your Polish friends to Heston Blumenthals triple cooked chips. Never will a frozen fry touch their Polish lips again!

That lads a genius.

If you want good food, shop in your local greengrocers, buthchers, fishmongers, farmers market and build a relationship up with them. Avoid large supermarket chains. Once they get to know you their prices will be similar to the chains, but you will be enjoying vastly superior produce.

If you have a back garden, try and grow your own veg, strawberries etc.
1234567890
10 Jul 2012 #134
Hi!

Considering the fact that Poland lies very close to Chernobyl, I seriously doubt that Polish agricultural products are good. Besides most fruit/vegetables, probably also because of not much sun, have no taste (for instance tomatoes that I never eat raw in Poland).
jon357 63 | 15,214
10 Jul 2012 #135
The fallout from Chernobyl didn't really affect Poland. The fruit and veg here is safe to eat.

The tomatoes in the shops tend not to be local though. Even those from street stalls have come from the wholesale market and probably originate from Holland.
1234567890
10 Jul 2012 #136
Jon: Are you kidding? Most of Europe was affected by Chernobyl so obviously Poland was and much more than other more western parts.
How do you explain that also there are more thyroid cancers (I got one and so did several members of my Polish family) since Chernobyl in Poland and surrounding areas? Since the effect more present in Poland (as closer), I would not say that agriculture products are safe and besides, like I said, probably also because of little sun, fruit and vegetables have no or very little taste compared to other places. Tomatoes are uneatable.
teflcat 5 | 1,032
10 Jul 2012 #137
The fallout from Chernobyl didn't really affect Poland

An acquaintance told me that chanterelles/kurki were enormous after Chernobyl.
"You didn't eat them, did you?" I asked.
"No, we sold them to the Germans."

I remember a Cumbrian friend telling me about the affected sheep in his area, and about people trading in them behind pubs as it was illegal to sell them.
grubas 12 | 1,391
10 Jul 2012 #138
like I said, probably also because of little sun, fruit and vegetables have no or very little taste compared to other places.

Other places like what?I can personally assure you that fruits and veggies grown in Poland are way better and more juicy than the ones grown in sunny California or sunny Florida.You can trust me on this.
local_fela 17 | 172
10 Jul 2012 #139
I think- polish food is blend and simply and doesnt really have a 'good look'.
no offence but its true though! although man needs to put a lot of effort in cooking it.

for me personally, i think Mediterranean cuisine is the best....Most of the times I prefer to stick oven food instead of eating polish food.
Warszawette - | 128
10 Jul 2012 #140
I agree 100%, it's totally bland, also in color -all is greyish/brownish with no effort to make it look nice on the plate. I'm French and thus food is a big pleasure for me so Polish food is nothing to really talk about. I only eat international food. I believe only Poles can like Polish food. It's really unsophisticated and it is for coal miners or truck drivers; it is full of grease and mayonnaise, and poor in vegetables/fruit.

Sorry but Polish cuisine has no reputation around the world and it is not a coincidence....
beckski 12 | 1,617
10 Jul 2012 #141
Is Polish food still more natural than in the West?

Both foods are usually okay, when consumed in moderation. My sis went to our relative's Polish wedding recently. She ate so much kielbasa; her ankles had become swollen, I suppose anything can be overdone.
jon357 63 | 15,214
10 Jul 2012 #142
Most of Europe was affected by Chernobyl so obviously Poland was and much more than other more western parts.

No. The fallout blew over Belarus. Not Poland. Fruit and veg are safe here.


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