28 Apr Sugar and spice…
Earlier this month, the Metro ran a story saying that Shirley Cramer, chief executive of the Royal Society of Public Health, is recommending that food labelling tell people how much exercise they would need to do in order to burn off the calories contained in that food.
This, she believes, would help us to better understand how to maintain a healthy weight. But I can’t help thinking that focussing on calories just exacerbates the problem. Encouraging people to think in these terms ignores what, for me, is the most significant factor in healthy eating – the nutritional value of food.
Putting information about calories on food packaging encourages people to think of all calories as being equal. A meringue nest made from (an awful lot of) sugar and egg white has the same number of calories in it as an apple, but that doesn’t mean it’s just as good for you.
If you want to be healthy, forget calorie counting. Just remember that food provides the building blocks for your body to replenish and heal itself. You really are what you eat, and sugar and spice and all things nice is not what little girls (or little boys) are made of!