Laid up!

I’m confined to the house at the moment following a clumsy fall in Glenshee which resulted in a broken pelvis, three weeks in Nine Wells hospital, Dundee (fantastic treatment, could not have asked for better) and the acquisition of new skills such as use of the zimmer and crutch.

This hiatus has, however, given me much more time to read and I have been reminded of the constant stream of dietary “information” in the press and on the web that I have been ignoring as background noise for the last few years. I thought we had long ago concluded that those of us who are unfit and overweight should eat less and move more but apparently not. Sugar (sucrose) is now the primary (only?) cause of obesity and manufacturers should remove it voluntarily from all their products or be forced to by government. The proposal seems to be that products should simply be reformulated with less sugar, thereby reducing the weight of the product and increasing the energy density of any product that contains fat. I see that Mondelez has already said that they will respond to the new WHO proposals┬áby changing their guidelines for NPD. Since their scientists presumably are aware that this will have no effect whatever on obesity will they be guilty of misleading naive consumers? Will this contravene the trades descriptions act?

On a happier note, it seems that saturated fats may not be as dangerous as we thought. I look forward to a marked improvement in our biscuits and confectionery as various cold-pressed, extra-virgin vegetable oils are removed and the butter is put back in.

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