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Living in Germany: Currywurst still favourite food

Germans love a good sausage, particularly if it’s covered in a reddish sauce and served with crinkly chips, known as Currywurst.

“Currywurst” — a long and thick sausage covered in a reddish sauce and sprinkled with curry pepper — is still adored by cafeteria patrons across Germany, according to a new study.

Apetito, a catering company from the western German state of North-Rhine Westphalia, published the 2017 edition of its annual analysis of meal popularity in different cafeterias.

Currywurst with chips — crinkly chips to be exact — is still number one for the 26th year in a row. The traditional schnitzel with fried potatoes took second place, and spaghetti bolognese maintained its third spot from last year.

But there were variances among patrons at different types of cantinas.

Children at schools and kindergartens favored tomato soup with rice and meat balls the most, followed by vegetarian ravioli and vegetarian lentil soup. “Kids and teenagers like variety,” Apetito said.

Currywurst Risks

But Susanne Leitzen, an expert from the German Nutritional Association (DGE), warned people against consuming these types of rich meals for lunch.

People could be healthier by eating a meal consisting mostly of vegetables and complex carbohydrates, she said.

According to the DGE, two-thirds of men and half of women in Germany are overweight. 25% of adults are seriously overweight.

Read more (from DW) at Currywurst sausage defends title as Germans? favorite cafeteria lunch for 26th year in a row | News | DW | 16.05.2018

By Itamar Medeiros

I'm a Strategist, Branding Specialist, Experience Designer, Speaker, and Workshop Facilitator based in Germany, where I work as Director of Design Strategy and Systems at SAP and visiting lecturer at Köln International School of Design of the Cologne University of Applied Sciences.

Working in the Information Technology industry since 1998, I've helped truly global companies in several countries (Brazil, China, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland, The United Arab Emirates, United States, Hong Kong) create great user experience through advocating Design and Innovation principles.

During my 7 years in China, I've promoted the User Experience Design discipline as User Experience Manager at Autodesk and Local Coordinator of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) in Shanghai.

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