What’s in your Food?
By Stephanie Anne Lloyd
Actually horsemeat should be the least of your worries, as it is nutritional and won’t damage your health. Unfortunately that is just the tip of the iceberg and the deeper you dig the murkier it gets. Americans, despite spending twice what we spend on healthcare, are overweight and die earlier and their diet is now our diet, so expect this generation to be the first that does not live longer than their parents. Food should not be manufactured in factories. Good ingredients grow and are recognisable, so ditch ready meals and cook! It is easy, cheap and doesn’t take that long to prepare meals at home.
Meat is good for us as we are omnivores, but buy it from your local butcher in a recognisable form.
Only use reputable takeaways, many pass off other fish as cod. I love Chinese and Indian but ensure they use herbs and spices such as turmeric rather than artificial colorants. KFC have been prosecuted in China for selling chicken with 12,800 times the level of permitted additives and antibiotics, their sales have subsequently fallen 41% When China, not renown for food standards, clamps down it is time to say ‘Houston we have a problem’!
Cheap chickens are the most abused creature in the UK. Most never see the sun in their short few weeks of life but live briefly in overcrowded concentration barns with antibiotics added to their food. Why do you take more care of what you put in your car’s fuel tank than you do of what you put in your mouth?
Do you know that nearly 3,000 food additives such as preservatives, colouring, and flavourings are approved? Do you know that some colours are made from coal tar?
The best meat is organic as it certifies its provenance and what it was fed, and while dearer, it is much healthier for you. There are several good online suppliers like Rhug Estate and Donald Russell. Get out in the fresh air and grow some fruit and veg, everyone has room for a container or window box. My favourites are spinach, onions and garlic. Choose ones that are easy to grow in your garden and involve your kids. There is a wealth of free information on-line.
Never eat anything that is not immediately recognisable (pies, sausages, burgers, reformed seafood, crab sticks, cheap fried chicken, frozen fish in batter etc.)
Avoid all processed food (eg. ready meals) and all crisps that contain olean.
Avoid foods that state they have artificial flavours added.
Avoid sweeteners such as fructose, corn syrup, aspartame, sucralose and acesulfame potassium. Your body cannot easily metabolise them and because they fool your body’s insulin mechanism the calories will be stored as fat.
Avoid artificial colorants.
What you eat defines your immune system
Avoid flavour enhancers. When food is processed it is unappetising so they add monosodium glutamate often shown as MSG, hydrolyzed soy protein, autolysed yeast extract
Avoid manufactured cakes, sweets, sport drinks and fizzy drinks as the bromine they contain interferes with your body’s iodine receptors
Grass fed animals are naturally more healthy and have a better quality of life.
Do not buy cheap chicken or cheap eggs (it is a great idea to keep a few chickens to provide you with eggs)
Love and Friendship
Just like the word ‘love’, the word ‘friend’ is much abused. Get yourself on Facebook and you can accumulate hundreds of ‘friends’, most of whom you have never met and would dislike if you ever did! Just as we loosely use the word ‘love’ – I love that song, I love a suntan, I love my mum, I love my partner, I love my dog etc, all definitions cannot be equal and in fact trivialise the word.
I have often been asked: ‘How do you know when you are in love?’ and the answer is... you just know. All too often we jump into relationships and during the first few months confuse infatuation and sexual desire with love, it is only after the initial adrenaline rush that you truly know. A good question to ask is: ‘Am I a lot happier when in the company of this person than when I am not?’ All too often people find out that the answer is ‘No’, however due to being tied by joint financial obligations or children, the answer has come far too late.
Yattar On... Spring 2012
The Great Bank Robbery
Bank executives gambled with our money in the pursuit of huge rewards. They lost their bets and billions of pounds of our money – and they have been awarded huge bonuses again. Everyone is asking how could such an unjust outcome be allowed. By our editor Stephanie Booth
In the USA, lenders found a clever wheeze. They gave mortgages to vast numbers of poor people with very small repayments (many did not bother reading through reams of terms and conditions) but found after the first three years the repayments increased dramatically and they could not repay them. At the same time, these lenders sold the mortgages wrapped up with other assets (called Consolidated Debt Obligations) onto big banks including UK ones. Our banks did not know what was in these debt packages, but what they did know was they were buying them at a great discount.
More light at night please
Why on earth do we have to make the evenings shorter in winter?… WORDS SARAH GRIFFITHS
In every survey the majority of UK citizens want more daylight in the evening rather than in the morning – all but Scottish farmers that is. Now Scotland wants independence (which is absolutely fi ne) but can’t we leave them with GMT and we move in line with our continental neighbours?
The Green Light?
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This is green but still unacceptable...
After so many raised false hopes, including ‘cold fusion’, we still have not found a way to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, yet we face a future of total contradictions – we want electricity and oil on demand, yet fret about the greenhouse gases emitted warming our planet and destroying our habitat.
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