There is a particularly trenchant article in the ‘Grocer’, no less, for this is the Bible of the food trade (and for once this is actually free to view) – on Government Healthy Eating advice, and Tom Watson’s role in showing them up for the sham they are.
We have to look after ourselves and not medicalise every problem. Yet this Governemnt Healthy Eating advice is once again, privatising the profits and socialising the costs.
From the same source is this crude but indicative chart of processed food availablity. The UK is almost off the scale!
But of course Marks and Sparks were the originators of the prepared meal and everyone has being playing catch up ever since. Catch up means using the cheapest possible ingredients massaged and encouraged to give the same flavour in order to give at least the same effect as – for example – butter without the expense (see the prevalence of palm oil in almost every prepared food that we buy and note the frequent use of celery based flavour enhancers to try to compensate for the lack of character).
If you doubt the lack of proper evidence based input just look at who contributes the evidence to the ‘Eatwell plate’. It is plain to see that the vested interests are in pretty much full control.
And, particularly now we know that England’s poorest households would need to spend 74% of their disposable income to meet ‘Eatwell’ guidelines, I think Tom Watson has found his purpose!