Navy bans fried food in its dining halls; some blame Michelle Obama – LA Times

If you’re a sailor in the Navy, you can say goodbye to fried chicken, French fries and fish sticks. There’s a new ban on fried food in the dining halls.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced changes to dining hall menus in May. Listed in the changes are a switch from frying items such as chicken and French fries to baking them.

Michelle Obama urges Americans to drink more water; cue the critics

Michelle Obama urges Americans to drink more water; cue the critics

And you won’t be able to have your morning coffee with whole milk either. That’s being replaced with skim milk and soy milk.

A similar program exists for the Navy SEALs, who have something called “Fuel to Fight,” a program that promotes lean proteins and vegetables.

Mabus told the Navy Times that the shift in diet will be “the foundation of a healthy lifestyle” and may lead to decreased medical costs.

via Navy bans fried food in its dining halls; some blame Michelle Obama – LA Times.

Actually what it tends to lead to is more people skipping the dining hall, and buying lunch at McDonalds on base.

Incidentally, Scott the Badger pointed us to the 1945 US Navy cookbook. Some of the recipes are… outside the norm of today’s tastes. But some look pretty damn good.

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10 thoughts on “Navy bans fried food in its dining halls; some blame Michelle Obama – LA Times”

  1. I loved in eating the chow hall. There were things I didn’t care for like reuben sandwiches, but, on the whole, loved it. Some of the guys on the ship thought I was a strange beast, until I told them my father was in food service in the Air Force. I grew up on that kind of cooking.

    I saw many recipe cards like that. They all come from the same place too, Fort Lee.

  2. Those old wonderful Quartermaster Master Menu’s…good stuff. Loved the Chow Hall.

  3. No fried food in the chow hall?! What the hell?! As US Army sometimes the best thing to eat at the Dfac was the fried chicken. Its not like Soldiers, Marines, Sailor, and Airmen are loading up their plate and tray with fried foods. There is a salad bar. What the hell with skim milk and soy milk for my coffee?

  4. Actually what it tends to lead to is more people skipping the dining hall, and buying lunch at McDonalds on base.

    Except the McDonalds on base closed down when Barry the Simple decreed that all federal contractors had to pay their workers $10 an hour. And McDonalds doesn’t have great coverage in the middle of the Pacific.

    Hell, even the USDA is moving away from the “dietary fat is bad” garbage. This is raw paternalism without an pretense of science behind it. I almost think it’s an effort to drive people out of the military or keep them from joining in the first place.

    Hopefully Walker’s SECNAV will reverse these idiotic diktats. And while we’re at it, maybe they’ll allow responsible drinking aboard ship again. And yes, I’d also like a pony.

  5. But Gunner Cade loved mush and he was a champion of freedom, right? (Caution, if you get the reference without use of Google you may be Old.)

  6. I do not have fond memories of Army mess halls. “Beef stew” the consistency of thin gravy with NO solid matter, fried liver either rare or shoe-leather well done, a week or two on half rations for no discernible reason (and I mean half rations literally), C-rations once a week, etc.
    The best thing I can remember is the coffee made in the field, where they dump coffee and water into a big pot and boil ’til done. Nice and chewy. The Army did teach me about hot sauce, though, so I guess it wasn’t all bad.

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