In an apparent bid to cut down on food waste over the festive season, Leicestershire County Council is advising people exactly how much they should be eating on December 25.
Council chiefs are seemingly particularly keen to get the word out about Brussels sprouts, posting on Twitter to advise that the number we should be scoffing with our turkey and trimmings should be capped at six.
“Six sprouts = ONE portion. Don’t overbuy and they won’t go to waste,” the council said.
When it comes to meat, whether you opt for turkey or something different, the council says you should not be serving up more than 250g per person if it is off the bone. Mercifully, you can get away with up to 675g on the bone.
Roast potatoes come with a 250g per person limit, and from there the restrictions become more intense.
The people of Leicestershire are being told that any more than two to three pigs in blankets and stuffing balls is too much, and there are even various caps on gravy and sauces – as well as a 150g limit when it comes to Christmas pudding portions.
People have not responded well to the guidelines, with many using Twitter to mock the council’s attempts to instruct them on their Christmas dinner choices.
One told the authority to “stop interfering with people’s lives where you aren’t wanted”, with another dismissing the idea of “state approved portions of food”.
Another woman asked if the council would have a designated “Sprout Officer” – and whether they would “prosecute residents if they have seven or, heaven forbid, eight sprouts”.
A council spokesman has admitted the words of advice have not gone down well.
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They said: “We send out thousands of tweets, including messages about food waste, and sometimes we get it wrong.
“We want residents to enjoy every aspect of Christmas Day, including the sprouts.”