More light on sweetness

I confess this is not my usual read but if David Davis, a former employee of Tate & Lyle, sponsors of the Tory Party, and one of the few companies in favour of Brexit, can cast aspersions on Britain’s public health policy then I think I might suggest that the game is up! The only… Read more

Five a day is a marketing fiction

As I’m sure more assiduous readers will be aware, I’ve already pointed out that ‘five a day’ is a marketing fiction. Building on this, there is a half hour podcast from the ever interesting nutritionist, Zoe Harcombe, which is from November last and which I have only just discovered. It seems to me it is… Read more

The Tin Can Cook

This is short –  but I think I should simply highlight the crowdfunder for the ‘Tin Can Cook’ where any excess – over and above funds required to publish the actual book, which now seems to be funded, will go to help foodbanks. But she tells you all about it! Although I’ve long respected Jack… Read more

Sugar tax dangers

There is a new and very worrying study that suggests that aspartame (one of those sugar substitutes) actually destroys neurotransmitters – brain chemicals necessary for the function of neurons. Now this test may, possibly, not be correct in humans. But in my view we really need to affirm the safety of these chemicals in food… Read more

Taxing meat

I usually like Richard Murphy’s ideas – but not this one: under his Tax to Save The Environment  he is in favour of taxing meat.  This is principally, as I understand it, because cattle, sheep and goats, owing to their ruminant stomachs, emit significant quantities of methane. Now I haven’t established whether he thinks horses,… Read more

Chickens and Hayek

I strongly recomment a listen to The Inquiry – How did we mess up antibiotics? A part of the story involves chickens. The figure below is from businessinsider. Clearly, there is something not natural going on here. Back in 1989 I went on a trek in the far north of Thailand. In the villages, chickens… Read more

Seventh Day Adventism in your Cornflakes

The widespread adoption of Cornflakes as a breakfast cereal spread quickly from the US to the UK post war. But how many know that it was originally a vegetarian cure for invalids based around Biblical belief from the all American Seventh Day Adventist Church founded in 1854? An old article in ‘The Smithsonian’ shows how… Read more