A review of the publicity generated by this month’s upcoming food day, it certainly is often more PR than information, indicates it will be another venture into out-of-control rhetoric.
Many have stopped reading, listening to watching TV because the rules keep changing so often, though too often we only found out the previous rules were wrong or exaggerated decades later.
Although some talk of fat taxes, low-fat is out to a large degree, and fat returning according to the latest science. Meanwhile fast food, at home, at work, in school and restaurants keeps making most of us fatter. Not just the U.S. either.
My twins stuff themselves on the bête noire of nutritionists, fructose-heavy fast food. They have grown up to believe that steak, sausage and bacon are bad. That isn’t why they don’t eat them though. It takes time to cook. And requires kitchen cleaning.
In the U.S. the need for speed drives everything. It’s an issue that is not discussed so much in the mainstream meetings on diet. Reminds me of a New Yorker cartoon showing a man on the edge of a bed getting dressed. He says to the woman next to him something like this: “Of course I ejaculated prematurely. I am a busy man.”
The fact is experts say people don’t even tell them the truth about what they eat. Britain’s chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, says she and her colleagues need to know the truth to determine how to try to deal with it.
“It is about what we eat, how we cook it and about portion size,” she told the BBC.
Many of us have heard how great fish and olive oil are. Yet sometimes knowing that doesn’t help you find a product, except at speciality stores, like tuna in olive oil. And it will cost.
Coke has its legendary after-taste. Salt makes chips inviting, only the constantly rising prices an obstacle. More expensive foods are seemingly healthier, meaning they cost more. A sort of self-fulfilling prophecy.
Despite evolution we still are like a deer in headlights where salt is concerned. There is even a reality show, "The Biggest Loser."
So all the speeches in all the month will not knock the food kings off the wall.
And take care before adopting too many new fashions. Indeed, it might save more lives to tax underweight people. But they might need to be given financial help. Their weight may not even be their choice.
There is a slow cooking, and it has been around for more than 20 years. http://www.slowfood.
But even TV shows and movies romanticizing such cooking don't seem to have much impact when faced with the pressures of a daily life that should be easier with all our conveniences. Seems everyone, especially employers, expect more.