Health Canada recommends people not consume more than 14 ounces of red meat per week
© Guardian photo by Brian McInnis
Connor Jay gets ready to chow down on a "savoury lady" hamburger in the Maple Grille in Charlottetown recently. The burger is part of the P.E.I Burger Love campaign to promote Island beef.
Connor Jay has some advice for those who intend on being active eaters in this month’s P.E.I. Porktoberfest campaign — get lots of exercise.
Jay said he increased his exercise regimen during the Burger Love campaign in April and he advises people heading out to restaurants for some pulled pork do the same.
Health Canada recommends people not consume more than 14 ounces of red meat per week. During Burger Love, Jay estimated he digested more than 14 pounds inside a two-week period.
The 19-year-old was a first-year political science student at UPEI during Burger Love. He’s taking political science and journalism at St. Thomas University in Fredericton this year but intends to make it back over to the Island for some pulled pork.
“After some of the nine-ounce, 10-ounce burgers I would be going out for walks. I would be going out and playing squash on campus.’’
Al Douglas, another Burger Love fan, told The Guardian during the April campaign that he would take a half-hour walk after consuming each entrée.
Jay said his one concern with Burger Love was that some restaurants lost the focus of what the campaign was supposed to be about.
“The idea is that ‘this is P.E.I. beef and it tastes good’ and I think some restaurants have taken that and skewed that view by just making big burgers.’’
"...it should be planned so that, as an individual, you take into account other meals that you’re going to consume that day and the exercise you’re going to do the day of, the day before and the day after.’’ Charlotte Comrie, P.E.I. Heart and Stroke Foundation
Charlotte Comrie, CEO of the P.E.I. Heart and Stroke Foundation, said she doesn’t see either the burger or pork campaigns as promoting unhealthy eating but people need to be smart about things.
“Everything in moderation,’’ Comrie said. “If this is a once-in-a-while choice, fair enough, but even if it is once in a while it should be planned so that, as an individual, you take into account other meals that you’re going to consume that day and the exercise you’re going to do the day of, the day before and the day after.’’
The burger and pork campaigns are designed to promote Island products in a fun way. Porktoberfest involves 32 restaurants across the Island offering a one-of-a-kind sandwich featuring pulled pork. The campaign wraps up Oct. 31.
Comrie said people who partake in Porktoberfest need to manage their consumption, especially if they plan on hitting as many participating restaurants as possible in such a short period of time.
Jay said he would like to see future campaigns that focus on Island food showcase some healthier options as well.
Primo Potato Love, anyone?