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If you've been on TikTok at all in the last few days (and, let's be real, who hasn't been on TikTok in the last few days!?) then you'll likely have heard about the salad that Jennifer Aniston apparently ate every day on the set of Friends.
ICYMI (how??), the Jen An salad – which is made up of bulgar wheat or quinoa, along with diced cucumber, red onion, chickpeas, pistachios, feta cheese, mint and lemon juice – started making the rounds on TikTok earlier this year (although it's really picked up in recent weeks) with some recipe videos racking up over 10 million views.
This isn't the first time that the world has turned its attention to what's inside Jen An's lunchbox, however. In fact, the legendary salad first went viral back in 2010 when her co-star, Courteney Cox, revealed the pair had eaten a Cobb salad together every time they were on set.
'Jennifer and Lisa [Kudrow] and I ate lunch together every single day for 10 years. And we always had the same thing — a Cobb salad,' Cox told the LA Times. 'But it wasn't really a Cobb salad. It was a Cobb salad that Jennifer doctored up with turkey bacon and garbanzo beans [chickpeas] and I don't know what.'
Cox went on: 'She just has a way with food, which really helps. Because if you're going to eat the same salad every day for 10 years, it'd better be a good salad right?'
It's safe to say that the salad looks and sounds *seriously* tasty, not to mention healthy AF, so it's no wonder that so many of us were rushing to the kitchen to make a Jen An salad for ourselves. But, it turns out that all is not quite what is seems in the salad world, as Jennifer has now revealed this isn't actually her go-to recipe.
'Well, that salad, dare I debunk that?' the 53-year-old actor told Elle. 'That’s not the salad that I had every day on Friends. I feel terrible because it’s literally taken off like crazy, and it looks like a delicious salad, by the way, but that’s not the one that I had on Friends.'
She went on: 'I would never have that much chickpea in a salad, to be honest. Not good for the digestive tract.'
So there you have it - the Jen An salad is a mere counterfeit! Though, for what it's worth, chickpeas are packed full of fibre and many dieticians would deem them actively helpful in pursuit of good gut and digestive health. Just saying.
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