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Ex-health minister rants about Domino’s ‘disgusting’ new treat and says firms ‘should be ashamed of themselves’

Whether it’s A&E waiting times, the sharp rise in obese children or cancer treatment waiting lists, there’s plenty to be getting angry about when it comes to the health of the nation.

But what has enraged a former health minister the most, it seems, is a creme egg.

Earlier this week the pizza chain Domino’s announced a new collaboration with Cadbury‘s, involving a whole creme egg encased in a chocolate chip cookie.

And while many were excited by the concoction Lord Bethell, who worked in the Department of Health and Social Care during the Covid pandemic, appeared to be seriously offended by the fusion.

Earlier this week the pizza chain Domino's announced a new collaboration with Cadbury 's, involving a whole creme egg encased in a chocolate chip cookie

Earlier this week the pizza chain Domino’s announced a new collaboration with Cadbury ‘s, involving a whole creme egg encased in a chocolate chip cookie

While many were excited by the concoction Lord Bethell (pictured), who worked in the Department of Health and Social Care during the Covid pandemic, appeared to be seriously offended by the fusion

While many were excited by the concoction Lord Bethell (pictured), who worked in the Department of Health and Social Care during the Covid pandemic, appeared to be seriously offended by the fusion

Taking to X, formerly known as Twitter, the Tory peer wrote: ‘This is disgusting. A whole Cadbury creme egg inside a Domino’s cookie.

‘These are serious corporate food companies. What are they thinking?

‘The executive team, the board and the shareholders should be ashamed of themselves.

‘It’s not illegal. But it’s harmful. It’ll weigh heavily on their future career prospects. And it’s disgusting.’

He then went on to share photographs of members of Domino’s board of directors, adding: ‘It blows in the face of their noble-sounding corporate responsibility commitments.

Taking to X, formerly known as Twitter , the Tory peer wrote: 'This is disgusting. A whole Cadbury creme egg inside a Domino's cookie. 'These are serious corporate food companies. What are they thinking? 'The executive team, the board and the shareholders should be ashamed of themselves. 'It's not illegal. But it's harmful. It'll weigh heavily on their future career prospects. And it's disgusting'

Taking to X, formerly known as Twitter , the Tory peer wrote: ‘This is disgusting. A whole Cadbury creme egg inside a Domino’s cookie. ‘These are serious corporate food companies. What are they thinking? ‘The executive team, the board and the shareholders should be ashamed of themselves. ‘It’s not illegal. But it’s harmful. It’ll weigh heavily on their future career prospects. And it’s disgusting’

‘They should know better. And use their talents to find less egregious ways to make a return.’

While the new concoction will come to around 370 calories – more than your average packet of crisps or chocolate bar – there are readily-available high street drinks and treats boasting much higher calorie counts.

Meanwhile Scotch egg creme eggs have been around for nearly a decade, and deep friend Mars bars are a well-known snack in Scotland.

Lord Bethell’s online followers were quick to point out he was ‘shouting at a cookie’ and that the concoction ‘looks amazing’.

Lord Bethell's online followers were quick to point out he was 'shouting at a cookie' and that the concoction 'looks amazing'. Another person pointed out 'It's not mandatory, you don't have to eat it', while another described his Tweets as 'the most over-the-top hilarious response to a confectionary I've ever seen'. One user responded: 'I'm a doctor and would like to think I'm in pretty good nick. I would absolutely devour that. 'Having a treat like this every so often isn't what damages people's health. The picture is a lot more complex than that'

Lord Bethell’s online followers were quick to point out he was ‘shouting at a cookie’ and that the concoction ‘looks amazing’. Another person pointed out ‘It’s not mandatory, you don’t have to eat it’, while another described his Tweets as ‘the most over-the-top hilarious response to a confectionary I’ve ever seen’. One user responded: ‘I’m a doctor and would like to think I’m in pretty good nick. I would absolutely devour that. ‘Having a treat like this every so often isn’t what damages people’s health. The picture is a lot more complex than that’

Another person pointed out ‘It’s not mandatory, you don’t have to eat it’, while another described his Tweets as ‘the most over-the-top hilarious response to a confectionary I’ve ever seen’.

One user responded: ‘I’m a doctor and would like to think I’m in pretty good nick. I would absolutely devour that.

‘Having a treat like this every so often isn’t what damages people’s health. The picture is a lot more complex than that.’

A spokeswoman for Domino’s said: ‘These special edition cookies bring together two much loved, iconic brands and are designed to be a delicious pre-Easter treat which can be shared.

‘At just over 370 calories per cookie, they are in line with the content of many other treats available on the high street such as frappes and croissants.

‘We know our customers love to share our existing cookies, and we expect they will do the same with the new Creme Egg cookies.’

WHAT SHOULD A BALANCED DIET LOOK LIKE?

Meals should be based on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or other starchy carbohydrates, ideally wholegrain, according to the NHS

Meals should be based on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or other starchy carbohydrates, ideally wholegrain, according to the NHS

• Eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day. All fresh, frozen, dried and canned fruit and vegetables count

• Base meals on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or other starchy carbohydrates, ideally wholegrain

• 30 grams of fibre a day: This is the same as eating all of the following: 5 portions of fruit and vegetables, 2 whole-wheat cereal biscuits, 2 thick slices of wholemeal bread and large baked potato with the skin on

• Have some dairy or dairy alternatives (such as soya drinks) choosing lower fat and lower sugar options

• Eat some beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other proteins (including 2 portions of fish every week, one of which should be oily)

• Choose unsaturated oils and spreads and consuming in small amounts

• Drink 6-8 cups/glasses of water a day

• Adults should have less than 6g of salt and 20g of saturated fat for women or 30g for men a day

Source: NHS Eatwell Guide 

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