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The question - Jam sandwiches


This week Craig Flatman made the papers with his extraordinary diet.

At the age of 15 he has never eaten anything but jam sandwiches and gets through five rounds a day. Do you have any strange eating habits?

I was brought up on Irn Bru and deep fried Mars Bars and as a result I am fully equipped to handle anything life has to throw in my direction. Even rocket salad and skimmed milk.

David Nimmo Smith, 54, loss adjuster/engineer, Henley on Thames, Oxon I subsist on a diet composed of pulses, grains, nuts, fruit and vegetables. If I have a food fetish, or something that I regard with irrational reverence it would have to be tempeh (a soya based Indonesian snack), plastered with my wife's divine tahini (sesame paste) and sesame seed topping.

That is just for cool days though.

On hot summer days, I am quite happy to sit in the sunshine with my plate of dolmades, olives and tomatoes with lots of garlic, of course. I am also quite keen on kombu (dark green, long thick sea vegetable) and I hate tripe. So as you can see there is nothing strange about my diet.

What is a jam sandwich, by the way?

Andrew Fraser, 54, municipal engineer, Stirling I just love to eat cream crackers.

Mike Jackson, 47, technical director, Preston I simply cannot eat any kind of meal, be it breakfast, lunch or dinner, if there is no meat involved.

If my meal contains no meat I feel that I haven't eaten. I also hate nearly every food that involves pastry and I really hate cottage pie.

Chrysostomos Loizou, 29, infrastructure engineer, London Obviously while at university my diet consisted of marmite sandwiches, beer, deep fried pizza and chips as often as I could afford them. Now in my early 30s I am regretting this. My wife has me on the Kellogg's diet - cornflakes for breakfast and lunch. Comparatively jam sandwiches sound like heaven.

James McLeod, 32, senior design services engineer, Dumfries According to my colleagues I have a giant worm inside me as, apparently, I am always eating but never seem to increase in body size. As for food fetishes I will eat most things, as long as it is not moving or indeed wriggling.

John Williams, 31, senior traffic control engineer, London My memories of growing up in the 50s and 60s were that we didn't have much money but that my mother placed value on us eating healthily, and was a good cook. My wife is still surprised that there are so few things I do not enjoy eating.

I do not consider that I eat any strange things unless the appreciation of fresh fruit and vegetables falls into this category these days.

Mike Paul, 51, (weight 72kg) senior engineer, Stuttgart I absolutely love the biscuits that my wife put out for her National Childbirth Trust classes and I would have to say that yoghurt is probably the worst food I could imagine.

John D Brownlie, 55, project director, Shrewsbury I enjoy eating Rice Krispies with diet coke - the ultimate hangover cure.

Paul McCormick, 38, managing director, Derby

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