Doner strikes back

KEBAB shop owners in Suffolk are biting back after trading standards revealed their take away treats were brimming with fat.The study, reported in yesterday's Evening Star, showed that some were crammed with 78g of fat – more than the recommended average for a woman in a whole day.

KEBAB shop owners in Suffolk are biting back after trading standards revealed their take away treats were brimming with fat.

The study, reported in yesterday's Evening Star, showed that some were crammed with 78g of fat – more than the recommended average for a woman in a whole day.

Everyone can picture the great spit of meat turning round and round in the window of the local kebab shop but the results may have been an eye opener for those of us who enjoy a late night snack.

Today Hasan Maybasan, owner of the California Grill in Spring Road, said he did not care what the survey said and he knew his kebabs were a better option than many other take away options.

"All our kebabs are made freshly on the premises and there is lots of choice. Yes some do have a lot of fat but people can choose chicken and there is salad.

"I have been eating them for 20 years and it has done me no harm. I don't care what this survey said as I know the food we serve is good and a far healthier option than things like fish and chips.

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"Ready made kebabs may have more fat but ours are all fresh and we offer lots of different versions.

Ahmed El-Sadat, owner of Kings Kebabs in Upper Orwell Street agrees.

"Kebabs are so much healthier for you than Macdonalds or fish and chips and people know this. Not only that but they are value for money.

Kebabs are the number one take-away food in Germany and they are fast taking over Indian and Chinese over here so all these people can't be wrong.

"If they had tested a chicken kebab this is even lower and as kebabs have to be grilled a lot of the fat comes off in the cooking.

"I have the longest running kebab shop in Ipswich so people obviously want to eat them. I came here in 1990 and trade has been very good since. Kebab shops often cater for vegetarians and other foods as well so there is a lot of choice.

"I don't think any of my kebabs have that much fat in and people seem to be eating them so that is all that matters."

Owner of the Bodrum Grill at Felixstowe, Mehmet Yalcin said freshly-cooked kebabs would have some fat but nowhere near as much as the study suggested.

"We cook ours on a spit so that the fat is always melting and draining away into a tray underneath. Even when you cook on a hot plate the fat will come out and drain away," said Mr Yalcin.

"I don't think there is a high percentage of fat at all and it is not as if people will eat kebabs and no other food – many other foods have a lot of fat."

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