Queen Elizabeth enforces a number of verystrict, and sometimes very strange rules on the royal family.
And that goes for what they eat and drink, too.
These are the foods that the royal familyare forbidden from eating, and some of them are sure to surprise you.
One thing the Queen does love is steak.
Any while this certainly isn't unusual, what'smost notable about her steak is the way she has the meat cooked: well done.
Former royal chef Darren McGrady explained: “Chefs, we cook medium rare all the time.
So it was really, really important that wegot a really good sear on the steaks and cooked her steak well done.
” That might seem off, but this likely goesbeyond just personal preference, because rare meat is reportedly off-limits to royals duringtheir travels.
This is most likely because eating rare orundercooked meat carries many risks.
Undercooked meat can be a breeding groundfor E.
coli, which can cause diarrhea, vomiting and stomach cramps.
Salmonella is also a potential problem, whichcan cause severe food poisoning.
Undercooked meat, poultry, and seafood canalso cause listeria, which brings with it diarrhea, nausea, fever and muscle aches.
And that's before you even touch on parasitesthat can be present in meat, many of which can cause severe infections.
Although eating rare meat is certainly noguarantee of infection, it seems that royals just aren't willing to take the risk, especiallywhen they've got their duties to attend to.
According to McGrady, the Queen tends to avoideating starchy foods such as potatoes, pasta and rice, except on very special occasions.
Although this rule likely doesn't apply toother royals when they're off doing their own thing, meals at Buckingham Palace (orwherever the Queen is currently staying) tend to be a different story entirely.
It's likely that the Queen's aversion to starchyfoods is due to their high carb content — which, some have argued, can have an effect on people'shealth.
And the Queen isn't the only world leaderto worry about this; in 2015, Pope Francis was told to lay off the pasta after he beganto gain weight.
It's the basis of all great cooking.
It's the perfect way to spruce up any dish.
It's the reason your house isn't overrun withvampires right now.
Yes, that's right: it's garlic.
“Oooooo, garlic!” Unfortunately, the many joys of garlic remainthoroughly out of reach for the British royal family.
During an appearance on Master Chef Australia, Camilla Parker Bowles, wife to Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall, revealed that garlicwas on the list of foods that the royals are told to skip, since they are so often requiredto converse with other dignitaries and members of the public.
Darren McGrady backed this up in 2016, whenhe told Recipes Plus that palace chefs were asked to refrain from serving anything withgarlic.
Meanwhile, another former royal chef toldThe National Post in 2016 that, “they're missing out on garlic, because atBuckingham Palace, you don't cook with garlic.
I suppose, in case you get the 'royal burp.
'” “Excuse me.
” “Better out than in, I always say, eh Fiona?” Darren McGrady has also revealed that royalchefs were forbidden from using a lot of onions in their dishes.
Considering onions form the basis of prettymuch every decent recipe out there, the royals have got to be thankful that they're allowedat least some leeway on that one, but honestly, we'd draw the line at garlic.
Who could live without that? Even if the Queen does relent on her “no starch”rule, you can be sure that royal pasta is not going to be served with a marinara sauce.
That's because, according to The BBC, theroyals prefer to avoid, quote, “messy” tomato sauces.
This revelation came in advance of the Queenand Prince Philip's visit to Rome and Milan in 2000.
Chefs at the palace of the Italian presidentwere told that, as well as garlic and pasta, tomato sauces would not be permitted on themenu.
This, one imagines, wouldn't be exactly whatan Italian chef likes to hear.
You can kind of see the logic here.
If you're all dressed up for a banquet whereyou'll be the focus of attention, to both guests and the media, you're not going towant to take any risks with spillages.
And since the Queen probably doesn't fancywearing a red dress every time she eats, it's safe to say that the easiest thing to do wouldbe to just ban messy sauces altogether.
Great news for the integrity of the Britishmonarchy; not so great for lovers of a hearty tomato sauce.
Foie gras is one of the most controversialfoods out there.
The main problem with this expensive, high-classpâté is that the producers exercise a shocking degree of cruelty in the production process.
So maybe it's no surprise that, in 2008, thefamously environmentally-conscious Prince Charles banned it from the royal menu.
Furthermore, Charles was reported to be consideringwithdrawing the royal warrant from his favorite cheese shop because they sold foie gras.
retailers opt not to sell foie gras, and production of the foodstuff is banned in the country.
France, however, exports very large quantitiesof it.
Controversial in his home country, the prince'sban on foie gras was welcomed by animal rights groups.
The world of shellfish is an exciting oneindeed: the term can refer to any one of a range of delicious and fascinating fish thatare served all around the world, from shrimp to oysters to crab to lobster to clams, scallops, crayfish, mussels and more.
But while these kinds of shellfish are allvery different in taste and texture, they do share one thing in common.
they're a no-gofor the royals.
According to The BBC, the royals make concertedefforts to avoid eating shellfish while dining out or visiting foreign countries, since itcan carry a greater-than-normal risk of causing infection and illness.
And that's putting it lightly: for example, mollusks accounted for 45 percent of all seafood-related cases of foodborne illness between 1973 and2006.
So, it's pretty safe to say the Queen isn'ttaking chances that all chefs around the world know the correct way to store and serve thesefinicky foods.
And they're not alone: Healthline even recommendsthat pregnant and breastfeeding women, older adults, and people with compromised immunesystems should stay away from raw shellfish altogether.
One of the main benefits of being a royalis that you get to travel the world.
As part of their duties, the royals oftenmake visits to other countries, so you'd imagine that they're fairly well-versed in internationalgastronomy; especially since state visits usually mean state banquets.
Unfortunately, some of these countries' moreexotic dishes are very much off the menu.
In 2000, The BBC revealed that the royal entourageis banned from eating, quote, “any food that is too spicy or exotic.
” But why? Well, it's easy to imagine that this mightcome down to image.
It's not going to look too great if the Queen, or any other royal, sits down at a state banquet, takes a bite of ultra-spicy curry, and immediatelybegins to literally melt down in front of the world's dignitaries.
“Oh! Ohhh! That's what got me, god!” Equally, nobody's going to look too kindlyon a royal reluctantly trying some strange, exotic dish, realizing they hate it, and grimacingpainfully as they swallow it down.
Not to mention, spicy foods have been knownto cause a bit of stomach upset, especially to those who aren't used to them.
Why take the risk? They say you shouldn't drink the tap waterwhen you travel abroad, and it seems that the royals have taken that old adage to heart, since they're told to avoid drinking tap water so as to avoid any gastronomic distress.
It's true that, in certain countries, tapwater can prove very dangerous indeed.
The NHS recommends that visitors to countrieswith poor sanitation, quote, “use filtered, bottled, boiled or chemically treated water”rather than water from the tap.
Contaminated water can contain bacteria andparasites from human or animal fecal matter, dangerous minerals such as lead or mercury, as well as chemicals from industrial waste.
These can pose a particular risk to peoplewith compromised immune systems.
Some of the potential side-effects of drinkingcontaminated water include gastrointestinal disease, kidney problems, and long-term issueswith physical and mental development.
Naturally, then, the Queen prefers to drinkbottled water, and not just any old bottle, either; no, as with so many other foods anddrinks, she usually enjoys one brand in particular.
The Queen and her household prefer to drinkHildon Natural Mineral Water, which comes from the Test Valley in the United Kingdom.
According to their own website, Hildon's uniqueflavor, quote, “is praised for its delicate purity and avoidance of medicinal taste.
” This stuff isn't cheap, though, and a 12-packof 11-ounce bottles will set you back a staggering $60.
Despite all these forbidden foods, life asa royal is still pretty lavish.
After all, you're not going to be complainingabout having your foie gras taken away when you're getting to eat all kinds of pheasant, fresh vegetables, chocolate, cakes, and sandwiches.
But although they eat well, one thing theroyals can't abide is waste.
According to former royal chef Carolyn Robb, Prince Charles is insistent that nothing goes to waste, saying: “If there were leftovers they'd be used oneway or another.
If not for him, then rehashed and used fora meal the following day.
” Even the meals themselves were modest.
Robb explained: “We were always quite careful, [as] he neverwanted to have huge amounts of food on the plate.
They were always very thrifty and economical.
If we made roasted lamb and there was leftovers, we'd probably go and make Shepard's pie the next night.
” The Queen is no different.
In an interview with Hello!, Darren McGradyrecalled her own propensity towards thriftiness, saying: “One time at the palace, the Queen was goingto the theatre, and she requested a snack.
She wanted smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, and [the server] sent half a lemon, and did a really beautiful garnish on the lemon, andthe Queen took a squeeze of the lemon and said, 'Would you send this lemon back to thekitchen? I'm sure it can be used for something else.
'” Of course, now you know just what the Queencan't abide, one question remains: what does she like? Luckily, it's easy to get a handle on whatshe eats and drinks, thanks to the U.
's system of royal warrants.
Royal warrants are, according to the RoyalWarrant Holder's Association, a quote, “mark of recognition of those who have suppliedgoods or services to the [royal family].
” Essentially, they're the Queen's favoritethings.
Any business or individual who holds a royalwarrant is also permitted to emblazon their products with the Royal Arms, but to be eligible, they have to supply products or services to the Queen, Prince Philip, or Prince Charlesfor no fewer than five years out of the last seven.
They're also made to demonstrate that they, quote, “have an appropriate environmental and sustainability policy and action plan.
” Some foods that hold the royal warrant includeCadbury, the British chocolatier now owned by Kraft; Quaker Oats, a producer of cerealsand porridges; Paxton and Whitfield, the U.
's oldest cheese monger; and McIlhenny, who makeTabasco sauce.
Royal-approved drinks include Angostura, producerof rum and bitter; Bacardi, producers of gin; scotch whisky makers John Walker and Sons;R.
Twining and Company, a tea producer; and even Schweppes.
But those are just a few examples, all inall, around 800 businesses and individuals hold royal warrants, with the list being updatedmonthly.
And they definitely make up for all thosethings the royals can't have.
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