Delia on Channel 4 news, Thursday 13th

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Noreen, Board Moderator

Delia on Channel 4 news, Thursday 13th

Just to let you all know that Delia will be on Channel 4 news this evening. Don't forget to tune in!

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Dottie May

Delia on Channel 4 news, Thursdy 13th

Pity - I missed it as I didn't see your post Noreen until this morning, the 14th.

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Noreen, Board Moderator

Delia on Channel 4 news, Thursday 13th

You can watch again here and fast forward to 13 minutes

http://tinyurl.com/lurmwrt

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Essex Girl

Delia and Sugar

Have just watched it. Really haven't a clue how to educate people but I do think food producers could very easily use less in the likes of yoghurt, fizzy drinks, cakes, cereals, etc - and without adding artificial sweeteners either.

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maggie-

Sugar

I feel Education is the answer...but its not a quick fix.

There is an overconsumption of sugar, but it is easy and relatively cheap to eat a poor diet. Should healthier foods be made more affordable? or is it a question of perception.

The Public Health messages put out there consistently promote 'low fat' diets and ignore the harmful effects of sugar. I think they are wrong to demonize saturated fats or animal fats. They are absorbed by the body more usefully than say bread, potatoes or rice. Just ban trans fats added to food!

I also think labelling is misleading. Low fat...as in breakfast cereals and yoghurts can contain a ridiculous amount of ADDED sugar. Fizzy drinks contain no nutritional value(but don't get me started on that!!)

The occasional ready meal or bar of chocolate will not do any harm. I suppose ultimately people have to take responsibility for what they eat. A varied diet and not consuming more calories than you require or expend. And exercise...its fairly simple.

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Welshcookie

Mixed messages

Now, I would regard M&S as a high-end retailer of food. Next time you are in a M&S trawl the shelves and actually look closely at the labels. Nearly every product has added sugar. Why? Why? Why?

Because sugar is a cheap flavour-enhancer.

It is almost impossible to buy a made-up product that doesn't contain it.

That really is not the consumer's fault. Start with the food producers; do not demonise the customer.

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Yummy

Mixed Messages

How I wish there was a "like" button on this web site...I agree wholeheartedly with you WelshCookie.

For e.g. I am following the SW eating regime and look for FAT FREE where possible, however, some yoghurts although they state loud and clear that they are indeed fat free also contain lots of sugar....so where is the sense in that, surely the fruit should be adequate to flavour and sweeten the yoghurt. It is a case of buyer beware but like you say, the problems should be sorted at the production, and the consumer not "conned, or misled"
into thinking they are buying something which is healthy and obviously NOT !!
Rant Over :)

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maggie-

Sugar

Welshcookie - you too are a label sleuth!

I agree that manufacturers and producers should reduce added sugar from food. It is totally unnecessary in the present volumes. It may not look as nice and taste a bit different... so what.

And supermarkets should label food more clearly. Difficult in an industry so focused and driven by profit. At least if you eat a cake you know what you are getting. The low fat yoghurt debacle is just disgusting. Multigrain is another meaningless description but sounds healthy...

I do firmly believe that you should inform yourself. Sugar should be an occasional treat. Read and understand the labels, it may require a bit of detective work but its worth it.

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Essex Girl

Sugar Content

I think the ideal answer is for more people to cook at home, which of course is another thing that Delia has been advocating. Then, people will realise just how much sugar goes into biscuits and cakes in particular. They look so appealing in the supermarket but if they were made at home they would have no unnecessary additives and could be eaten more as a treat.

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maggie-

Health Messages

Read an interesting article in the Guardian on Sunday.. probably still online. 'why almost everthing you've been told about unhealthy foods is wrong'

If you weren't confused enough before....

Also read that Sweden are the first european country to reject the low fat diet dogma in favour of low carb high fat nutrition advice!

All food for thought! : )

 
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