I have mixed feelings about the sugar tax as it seems like another attempt at a quick fix to a big problem rather than getting to the source and tackling the reasons people are consuming so much of the sweet stuff. The companies who make these products, the supermarkets who regularly discount them, the media who advertise them and the government who don't do enough to educate on healthy living, all have a part to play. However I do applaud Jamie Oliver's new drinks duty which means that 10p will be added to every 330ml drink with added sugar; this money will be used to support children's food initiatives - that is, it will go towards educating kids, which in turn will hopefully tackle the obesity crisis in the long term. If the government could show that a sugar tax would be used in similar ways and that they were willing to tackle supermarkets and big corporates, then perhaps it could work. But I'm not sure that day is coming anytime soon...
Put a fridge on a street, get everyone to drop off their leftovers or extra bits, people who are short of food that week help themselves - everyone's happy. For the worriers out there, they don't allow raw meat, fish or eggs, the food has to be date labelled and any out of date stuff will be removed by the regular fridge checking crew. Sharing with your community and reducing food waste - winning idea.
Not a new article but as healthy meals are high up on people's priorities at this time of year, I thought it was worthwhile highlighting the range of meals you can make with the supergrain, that is keen-waaaaa (ie. quinoa). The Online Grill has scoured the web to find the best quinoa recipes to make you excited about your next snack or meal, rather than dreading a bland, squishy pile of mush. The sesame quinoa spring rolls and granola bars have both joined my to-make list.
How would you feel about drinking a clear Coca-Cola with not a brown tinge in sight? More and more companies are agreeing to take artificial colours and flavours out of their products as consumers become more health-conscious and demand more natural ingredients. This interesting read shows you what is involved in the process of replacing the artificial with the natural equivalent- not a simple task. Would that glass of ice cold coke taste the same with a natural colour and not caramel (E150d)?