Suing food companies and the Government!The food companies are partially at fault because of misleading advertising. I got fat eating Snackwells. I thought that since they were lowfat, you could consume the whole bag as one serving. The real purpose of such foods is to consume as much as is considered one portion of a corresponding full fat food. Bear in mind that a fat free product would not satiate a person as much as a full-fat product. (Not as many "buttons" are pressed.) Also, when fat is removed, something else has to be added...usually sugar. With all the concentration on fat intake, people forgot to give some attention to calorie intake. In the grand scheme of things it's the lopsided calorie intake vs. the calorie expenditure that makes people fat.
When fat free cakes came out, Entenmanns made a "pound cake" but the serving size was 1/16th of the cake. This made a slice you'd need a micrometer to measure. What the ****, I'll just eat 1/4 of the cake now and save the rest for breakfast. It's fat free!
Now for the government. They are a glaring example of "even when they have it right, they got it wrong." The basing of a healthy diet on grains, veggies and fruits is right on but can you tell me please which college graduate decided on the "servings" designation?? According to the government, you should consume 11 servings of grain. A "serving" to me is what appears on my plate! So I'm supposed to eat 11 plates of grains? No. Couldn't they arrive on a portion size, either weight or volume, the consumption of which would satisfy the requirement? No wonder Americans blow up like balloons...We can't decipher the instructions!
Let's take a look at restaurants as well (so sue me, I'm on a roll). Show of hands... Who here would opt for a restaurant that serves you a healthy sized portion vs. "all you can eat" or a plate two feet across loaded with meat and potatoes and deep fried onions? More is better here in the USA. That's how the Europeans can eat all that triple-creme cheese, drink all that wine and still stay somewhat close to an ideal weight...they don't gorge themselves at every meal. What satisfies the palate seems to satiate the hunger. They have a right to be snobs because they prepare locally grown, well raised food vs. our supply which is pumped with chemicals to get maximum weight/yield. Give me a Mediterranean diet anyday.
Had the governmental instructions been clear - and the food companies charged with some responsibility for consumption guidelines of low/non-fat products vs. full-fat products, there would have been less confusion and erring on the "heavy" side. We have such great resources yet we have to hear that cellophane wrapper crinkle as we open some of the mass-produced foods offered for sale. If we can get away from "quick is better" and re-focus on quality, I think we'd be a lot better off. Looks like Alice Waters had it right.
Food is sex for the stomach.
Food is sex for the stomach.