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Sat Jan 5, 2013, 01:38 PM

Labour calls for laws to limit sugar, salt and fat in food (UK)

Source: Evening Standard

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said voluntary agreements with the food industry were not working and action must be taken to stop Britain storing up "huge problems" for the future.

Labour is launching a consultation into a new cap on the maximum permitted levels of fat, sugar and salt in food targeted at youngsters, which could include a 30% cap on sugar in cereals.

Mr Burnham said: "It is clear that the current voluntary approach is not working. We need to open our minds to new approaches in tackling child obesity.

"Labour wants to lead this debate. That is why we are asking the public and experts if new limits for sugar, fats and salts would be the right approach.

Read more: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/labour-calls-for-laws-to-limit-sugar-salt-and-fat-in-food-8439404.html

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Reply Labour calls for laws to limit sugar, salt and fat in food (UK) (Original post)
Redfairen Jan 2013 OP
Deep13 Jan 2013 #1
azurnoir Jan 2013 #2
loli phabay Jan 2013 #5
azurnoir Jan 2013 #7
dipsydoodle Jan 2013 #9
azurnoir Jan 2013 #10
dipsydoodle Jan 2013 #11
azurnoir Jan 2013 #13
dipsydoodle Jan 2013 #14
boguspotus Jan 2013 #15
dipsydoodle Jan 2013 #17
boguspotus Jan 2013 #18
slackmaster Jan 2013 #4
BadgerKid Jan 2013 #8
Deep13 Jan 2013 #16
Heather MC Jan 2013 #3
alp227 Jan 2013 #6
Harmony Blue Jan 2013 #12

Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 02:07 PM

1. So if they restrict sugar, salt, and fat, what have they got left?

Mushy peas?

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Response to Deep13 (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 02:18 PM

2. well there's always this



but it might fall into the too much salt and fat category

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Response to azurnoir (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 02:53 PM

5. worst haggis ever. even when drunk this stuff is bouffing

 

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Response to loli phabay (Reply #5)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 03:24 PM

7. lol I'll take your word for it :) n/t

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Response to azurnoir (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 04:24 PM

9. Coincidently I nearly bought a real one this morning.

I love haggis with neeps and tatties. When my wife Morag who was Scottish was alive we used to buy them in Selfridges but these days the local supermarket sells them.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #9)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 04:34 PM

10. see there you made have to Google :)

so mashed potatoes and turnips is it then ? but I'll go with bubble and squeak for the most descriptive name for the likely results of eating a dish albeit it sounds good, they both do but Haggis well I just don't know

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Response to azurnoir (Reply #10)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 04:50 PM

11. That's not what bubble squeak is .

Bubble and squeak is the leftover veggies , potatoes greens sprouts whatever , from Sunday lunch mashed up together and fried for Monday's lunch. Had that every week when I was a kid and food was still on ration which it was here until 1953 when sugar finally came off. Not sure that anyone still does that.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #11)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 05:15 PM

13. thsnks my undering of bubble and squeak

was that's a mixture of potatoes cabbage and onions with butter added all mashed up together, which sounds good and dangerous depending on what company one will be keeping after eating

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Response to azurnoir (Reply #13)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 05:25 PM

14. Yes - avoid company.

Avoid Swedish meat balls too which are even worse for that.

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Response to azurnoir (Reply #10)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 05:31 PM

15. When the wife and I went to London last year:

I had to try some old school British food. We went to a well known eel, pie and mash shop. (They were out of eels which was a bummer - Dammit!)
But I thought the pies and mash were delicious with a good sprinkling of malt vinegar - but the meat pies have to have a big amount of fat. So, they going to force places like that to make their old school food low fat? That would be a bummer, just don't eat it everyday.

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Response to boguspotus (Reply #15)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 05:42 PM

17. I think those pies are mutton

same as haggis.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #17)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 06:04 PM

18. I wouldn't have guessed Mutton.

I've had lamb, but never mutton. I was told that mutton was gamey - if this was mutton it really was good, no gamey taste at all. I thought it was beef.
I had some great fish and chips too - along with a side of mushy peas - also excellent.

We didn't really have the money to eat out that much, so we bought food (and beer and wine) from the grocery stores. The deli food, sandwiches, premade salads and all the other food (fresh fruit, veggies, breads) we bought was super high quality. Better than the same food we would get here in the US. I loved the Jerk chicken from the Tesco hot chicken deli section and caramelized onion hummus -can't get that back here. Lots and lots of healthy food choices - and lots of fun not-healthy food choices - the way it should be.

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Response to Deep13 (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 02:51 PM

4. You beat me to it. I think you can make spotted dick without suet.

 

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Response to Deep13 (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 03:43 PM

8. Alcohol, tree bark, limestone.

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Response to BadgerKid (Reply #8)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 05:39 PM

16. well, there is that. nt

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 02:50 PM

3. Some Fat in foods is ok, It's the Salt and sugar and GMO's that's the Problem

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 03:03 PM

6. So conservatives, how's that free market working out for kids' health?

According to Milton Friedman etc., Jeremy Hunt should just STFU because the Free Market(TM) will adjust to the nutritional needs of the British children. Did that happen? :crickets: :cricets:

So how do those right wingers reconcile a Free Market with Family Values?

Family values = healthy, virtuous kids who obey their parents.
Free market = In Big Business We Trust, even if said Big Businesses manufacture:
- Cheap toys made in China with all sorts of poisons
- Unhealthy HFCS-/sugar-/fat-loaded food that appeals to kids because of the cartoony commercials
- Mindless video games
- Defective car seats and other kids' products that may end up scarring/maiming/incapacitating a kid for life
- Trash TV i.e. the reality shows on the E! and MTV channels and the "infotainment" on the networks posing as news
- Ability to buy politicians and re-write the rules for the corporations. Trying to sue a company over a shitty product that hurt a kid? Tough luck, due to tort reform!

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 05:10 PM

12. Europe and the rest of the world

is ahead of the U.S. when it comes to this. Caloric intake isn't as important as we have been led to believe. Rather how much sodium or sugar in our diets is that much more important. It is true that foods or meals with low sodium or sugar tend to to also have lower caloric values to an extent. But overall we need to have a serious discussion about this in the U.S.

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