Cameron Diaz reveals favorite snack - pork scratchings, also planning diet book (Photo)
Vegetarians may want to brace themselves for this one.
Cameron Diaz, who became an international sex symbol after the success of the 1994 movie "The Mask," recently revealed her "favorite snack in the whole world" - pork scratchings.
The 40-year-old actress and former model made her comments to Elle UK magazine in an article published in its December 2012 issue. Diaz was interviewed at a British pub and was asked if she knew what pork scratchings are made from.
"I could possibly go with some part of the hoof, but then it's maybe what the pig scratches off - so could it be skin? Yes? Oh, that's my favorite snack in the whole world!" she told Elle UK. "Even with the bristles - I don't care, I'll do it. Every day I'd eat that as a child; I teethed on it! It's called chicharron, it's a Cuban-style snack."
Pork scratchings are deep-fried and seasoned bits of pork and pig fat - that sometimes contain the animal's hair. The crunchy, unhealthy snack is served at many bars and eateries in the United Kingdom.
"They deep-fry the pigskin and fat and you chew on it and it gets all stuck in your teeth, and you have to suck it off - it's really amazing," she said. "It's my favorite thing."
Diaz's father's family is Cuban. Her dad, Emilio Diaz, was a second-generation Cuban-American and died at age 58 in 2008 from post-influenza MRSA pneumonia. The actress' mother, Billie, is part white and part Native American.
"I always felt our family was different in our own way. I'd learned about Cuba from my grandparents - the food, the language and, above all, the attitude - and I grew up around Mexicans, who have their own culture," she told Parade magazine in 1997, the year she starred in "My Best Friend's Wedding" and filmed "There's Something About Mary."
Despite her love for the fattening snack, Diaz is planning to write a book about food, nutrition and dieting this winter and hope to release it around September 2013.
The actress, who has usually always appeared slim in films and when photographed in public, told Elle UK: "The book isn't about me. It's not about what I eat or do what I do. It's really about the information, so that young girls and women can look at it and make their own choices. I'd hate to give them guidelines of what I do. My hope is that I give them all the information so that it doesn't matter what I or other people do."
She said that she personally usually carries around her own food with her when she's out and about in Los Angeles, where she lives.
"It's my body - I don't have to have somebody else make the choices for me. So I take it with me, and I set up my life so that I can do that," she told Elle UK. "I've built it into my schedule so that I have food that I can just grab out of the refrigerator and pop into my cold pack and take it with me for the day. I'm a woman. I carry a purse, so another bad is not really a big deal."