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Nadiya Hussain perfectly explains why we need to stop being food snobs

Former Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain has served some refreshing comments on why we need to stop being food snobs. 

It’s easy to be a bit of a self-confessed food snob in 2019. 

Thanks to Instagram and the ongoing rise in food trends, we only want to be seen eating the best foods at the coolest (often millennial pink) places. And with the eco-anxiety dictating the future of food, it almost seems out-of-touch to eat anything that’s not plant-based, organic or made with a zero carbon-footprint.

But the reality is that many people just don’t have the time and money to keep this up. Just ask cook and food writer Nadiya Hussain, who is calling out food snobbery in society.

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Ahead of her new TV show Time to Eat, former GBBB winner Hussain is currently championing canned vegetables, which she uses in her recipes.

“I have also used canned veg and I had a feeling it might happen, but I waited it out to see what the reaction would be,” she told Chris Evans on his Virgin Radio Breakfast Show on Friday (12 July). “I have always used canned veg, and things like canned potatoes, there was a big thing about canned potatoes. There isn’t nothing wrong with them, nothing wrong with eating them.”

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She then explained her experience of having to choose between paying the gas bill for each time she boiled potatoes or buying them pre-boiled in a tin.

“I had to choose between rack up the gas bill and boil potatoes, and if I was going to eat potatoes it was just cheaper for me just to get the tinned potatoes,” she continued. “That was my first experience about eight years ago and I have not looked back since. There is nothing wrong with them. I think we just are becoming slightly pretentious about the way we eat. We get told constantly you should eat this or shouldn’t eat that. I will eat whatever I want, who cares. “

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Nadiya Hussain uses tinned potatoes in her recipes, but is it really such a big deal?

Hussain also talked about cooking spicy aubergines in the microwave, adding: “People think microwave is a bad word - it isn’t. It speeds up cooking time. I love cooking but I want to do it snappy and do it fast. I want to spend time in the garden with my rabbit and kids.”

So, go forth and embrace the tinned vegetable and microwaves! 

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