Saturday, 30 July 2011

"We live in a culture that makes it nearly impossible to make healthy food choices. A number of food industry and political factors keep us sick and fat."

When I walk in to a supermarket these days I know that I am unlikely to purchase around 98% of the food displayed. Since I've started looking at labels I've been appalled at what I've found and I'm not alone. Various of you have sent me to web sites and articles - mainly, but not always, from the US - where impassioned advocates of healthy eating keep banging on about horrors of the food production industry.

It's tough when I eat out because I know full well that practically everything which has been manufactured as a food stuff will contain refined sugars - often several different ones. Don't make assumptions about savoury sauces as they too have sugar aplenty. And I won't mention all the other unpleasant additives and coatings, the toxins in recycled packaging and those that impregnate food stored in plastic (and that includes plastic-bottled water and other drinks). I could go on and on - and when you see me, I probably will

Let me just leave you with this simplistic piece of advance from an American medical doctor and his advice to US shoppers. I think it's so sad that someone should have to say these things. I would add "Don't shop in supermarkets" - but that's becoming increasingly difficult. When all the independent bakers, butchers and green grocers have gone we will have no choice whatsoever. Think on that next time you fall prey to the allure of Tesco.

"- Buy around perimeter of the store (that’s where the healthy stuff is)
- Don’t go down aisles (that’s where most of the junk food is)
- Don’t buy food in a box
- Or with more than 5 ingredients
- Or with ingredients you can’t pronounce
- Or with a cartoon on package"


  1. I have feared supermarkets since they landed. Food has never been the same since. If it isn't in season I don't buy it and if it has travelled too far that is off the list also. I am trying hard to do the Sole Trader and allotment only but everyone knows Nigel sneaks off to a supermarket every couple of weeks. If you havn't tried it please try Daily Bread at Northampton for storecupboard stuff, all ethically sourced and a good proportion organic and minimal packaging.

    I guess what we teach our children is important too. I grew up with a fair bit of home cooking in the 70's and was taught all the basics. When Mum started to work the odd Vista curry (my first intro to soya) and the Frey Bentos tinned pies crept in. Loved them at the time but couldn't bring myself to eat them now.

    Hope you get a better nights sleep soon

  2. Read your post with great interest Sue. It has always amazed me how much rubbish we are prepared to feed ourselves and not ask what it might be doing. Had a wonderful trip to Ireland recently. Supermarkets were in short supply and I confess that it was challenging. We get used to the 'convenience' of the supers, even against our will. Bagged salad leaves are a big 'no' for me. Look lovely, taste dead and seem to have lots of bugs. I think your six point guide is pretty sound advice. I have just started reading 'Slow' by Carl Honore which has advice on 'slow' food too. I too remember the Vesta curries, J. My Mum used to get them and they seemed so sophisticated back then! Off to make some pesto with home grown basil. Kelly