Supersize me's popularity has spread throughout the Europe and has become a hot topic of discussion in Italy, usually less attracted to US cultural phenomena than countries like the UK and Germany, even before its 8th of April opening date. Today's online edition of La Repubblica, one of Italy's main papers, has an article on the new BK's Enormous Omelette Sandwich and its connection to diet and health risk, discussed by expert nutritionists Andrea Ghiselli. Ghiselli's opinion are well thought and free of ideological polemics (well almost) and he argues that demonizing fat foods is not the way to go, since their occasional consumption is not a problem. Rather, he claims, people should be brought to eat balanced diets, consume less red meat and the like. Nothing new under the sun. there.
What is maybe more interesting is Ghiselli's comment to Morgan Spurlock and his movie:
What an idiot! His experiment has no sense. He would have obtained the same results had he been eating pasta e fagioli (that's pasta fazool for those in the US) every day
I'm not convinced. I have no doubt that eating only one dish for a whole month is simply not health, but Ghiselli's comment sounds nonetheless quite superficial coming from a nutritionist's mouth. Pasta e Fagioli is often seen as a very balanced dish, both concerning its calorie content, calorie distribution between carbohydrates, fat and protein (maybe a bit high on protein), and it gives all the essential amino acids one needs. It's not exactly "evil" red meat all the time. It does lack vitamins and other minerals coming from plants but Spurlock was not eating only hamburgers. I do actually wonder if Ghiselli has even seen the movie, or if he's talking from what he heard from the press, as would seem to be the case. Yet Ghiselli's remarks tickle my curiosity: should I take up his involuntary challenge? Eating pasta e fagioli for a month (there's enough recipes out there to have some variety) plus salad and fruit and maybe, to keep the Italian theme, a glass or two of wine a day? And most important of all: should I supersize?