Nestle Makes Me Vomit

14 May

I’ve just finished a story for Marie Claire on supplements and nutrition. I was really keen to do a good job on it – so as usual I over-researched and probably screwed up the end product. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing! I spoke to three accredited dieticians and all three were head-in-the-sand, “just eat a healthy diet and everything will be fine” delusional. It was like bashing my head against a brick wall. Obesity is through the roof, heaps of us will die of lifestyle related illness, I think we all know we’re doing something wrong. We don’t eat healthy diets. It’s hard to know and choose what’s right.

At the other end of the scale were the health nuts, the conspiracy theorists, and believe it or not, the corporations. They were the realistic ones, the ones willing to admit there was a problem. But of course, while the health nuts rabbit on (ha ha) about massaged kale salad and alkaline detox, whole foods and green ones at that, the big corporations spend millions of bucks manipulating our guilt and our fear and our helplessness into purchase decisions that are just plain despicable. Reprehensible. Nauseating.

This:

Makes me want to vomit.

This stuff is 20% pure sugar and 20% fat, including 5% saturated fat. Yes it contains vitamins and minerals. So does food. Perhaps we should not throw the food away, but EAT IT INSTEAD! YES! Children eat FOOD! That’s what’s supposed to happen! And giving them synthetic processed fat and sugar gloop with a big test tube of synthetic best-ofs from the periodic table is not going to replace it.

OK that’s the end of my rant. More pretties coming up, I promise.

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