Save on sugar or sex it up?


Ever had a burger from a roadside cafe and wished that you hadn’t eaten in? with greasy lips and feeling thirsty from excess salt being just two of the most common complaints.

Tucked into a big bag of chocolates only to feel disappointed with yourself that after one it didn’t stop?

Is Government responsible for our poor food choices or are they random?

According to a report in the Telegraph, there is potential for the daily recommended sugar intake to be halved, this will tackle obesity and we will all live happily ever after. Brilliant. However there is a catch, you need to eat more fruit and vegetables, catching up on fibre and carbohydrates. It’s not surprising really that steps are being taken to de-sugar our lives, there is a lot of promotion for sugar reduction and to live sugar free. However, is this really the answer to our health, or is this trying to save a badly managed health system.

The World Sugar Research Organisation actually cites that we need sugar in our lives, as with all food types, excessive sugar consumption in relation to any excessive food consumption cannot be good for us. A document dated March 2015 identifies the limitation of such research from the World Health Organisation, as a small and singular experiment meaning that if there was a similar study for all food types the result would be equally misleading.

So, as a therapist with a certificate in nutrition in relation to minerals and vitamins, I see some problems with all of these statements.

The environmental set up of a high street in 2015 is vastly different to 1915. In the last 100 years as economies have grown and population has soared, recovery from two world wars has allowed us to develop choice. Life has become more hectic as we race to satisfy the cost of living through income. As part of a growing economy we have seen an influx of different fast food, where in the 1950’s we had fish and chips, by the 1970’s we had hamburgers and Chinese food by the 1990’s we had Italian, Japanese, Italian, Mexican foods, to name just a few. All of these are wrap up and go.

We save on electricity, gas, water and fuel by using a fast food shop, these also provide employment, so does the saving in the health service equate to more than the loss to a community and livelihood of those involved in quick food to go.

Well the real danger is the lack of effort involved in buying fast food, and more importantly the lack of control on the content.

The saving grace could be better practices. healthier quick food. It is just as quick to cook a healthy meal as it is an unhealthy one.

Reducing fats is a definite way to help reduce obesity. Eating a hamburger dripping with fat or one with a healthier ingredient has more appeal, using spices and herbs, so a cheaper way to sex up a burger can develop taste buds too, this in turn enables us to start to make better food choices in the home as well as out of it.

Sugar is not our enemy, unhealthy life styles are.

Guidelines and compulsory practices to reduce salt and sugar in food served, whether it is a restaurant or burger stand on a dual carriageway has to be the sensible step, education and experience result in good choices and better tasty food.