MV: This came to me like a big suprise and broke my heart :(. Most of us here in New York know of the famous 53rd and 6th street gyro place, but those people do seem trustworthy, althrough it does not hurt asking.
A recent British study found that doner kabab meat (which we in New York refer to as Lamb/Beef Gyro) from London, England contained un unbelivably high amount of calories , salt, fat & saturated fat: [Source: The Daily Mail Online]
And these statistics do NOT include any white sauce or hot sauce added. (White Sauce contains mostly mayonaise)! So basically an average gyro meal contains almost an entire day’s worth of salt, fat, and calories (some gyro meals contained 1,990 calories, nearly a woman’s recommended daily intake, 70g of saturated fat, which is three and half times the women’s daily guideline amount, and 16.5g of salt!) [Source: The Guardian]
What is even more shocking is that this ‘halal meat’ actually contained traces of pork, and over 1/3 of the samples contained other traces of meats.
“80 per cent of fast food shops buy [the gyro meat] in frozen from a factory. You don’t know when they’ve made it, six months or a year ago, and you don’t know which meat they use.” [Source: Haringer Independent]
Again, just to clarify – these statistics refer only to the gyro meat from a specific borough of London. Most of us here in New York are accustomed to the famous chicken/gyro guy at 53rd and 6th in the city, as well as more recent Gyro Stands all over the Tri State Area. The vendors who sell the halal gyro meat here seem reputable & trustworthy – however it would be interesting to see the results of a similar study of the new york gyro meat. While I pray to God that it doesnt contain any pork, I am pretty sure the nutrititional content of the meat wont be much better than those in this study :-/.