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Beware of foods making health claims

By Marcus Santer

The Sunday Quote:

“If a food makes a health claim,
look to see how much sugar is in it.”

Gary Taubes

It’s funny.

I was doing a flying visit to the supermarket yesterday to stock up on:

And as I zoomed up and down the isles scaring young children and gathering ‘tuts’ from older folk as I weaved in and out of them I couldn’t help but notice something.

Let me explain…

Remember the Real Food Z+D I wrote a few weeks back?

Where I attempted to give a definitive description for what real food is?

Well, I think another criteria you could add to the list is whether the food makes a health claim or not. Because I didn’t see any health claims on the side of the cucumber I picked up.

And the carrots didn’t have labelling proclaiming how they are:

And lets not forget, they taste absolutely delicious.

But was any of this on the bag they came in?

Nope, just a nod to them counting as 1 of your 5 a day.

Compare that with what you’ll find splashed all over a cereal box…

Just saying.

Of course I’m playing, because you don’t see many health claims made down the chocolate and crisp aisles of the supermarket either. But then if you’re a ZEN+ reader, you wouldn’t be expecting to would you?

Right, it’s a beautiful sunshiny day here in Dawlish and I’ve got a Black Labrador busting a gut to get outside and rip it up.

Have a great day.

Bye for now



You’ve heard how carrots can help you to see better in the night?

Truth is, whilst they can be helpful against glaucoma – a condition of increased pressure within the eyeball, causing gradual loss of sight – most people are unlikely to gain any benefit to their vision, unless they have a vitamin A deficiency – common in developing countries.

So where did this hype come from?

Tis a funny story…

The source of carrots being good for your vision started during WW2 when the RAF began an advertising campaign claiming the reason why their fighter pilots were so good was because their night vision was improved by eating carrots.

You can see one of the posters they used here.

Truth is, the RAF had a new radar system and wanted to keep it a secret.

Whether the Germans fell for it or not, who knows? But the word on the street about carrots improving night vision is still popular today.

Love it.

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