A word In Your Ear - January 30, 2014

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There is outrage among British expats in the frozen wastes of Canada. A store there supplying our favourite food fads has been hit by import restrictions. Marmite and Irn-Bru have been banned.

Authorities claim Irn-Bru has a colouring agent which might cause hyperactivity; while Marmite has ‘added vitamins’ that mean it cannot be officially classified as a spread.

As a child I never took to that dark, yeast extract myself; while the popular Scottish soft drink was foreign to me, until coming to live in Blackpool among expatriate Glaswegians.

Of course, there’s always been much contentious babble about food and drink.

In former colonial haunts like Singapore we sold British stout claiming it made you strong and, by suggestion, virile.

Much the same notion, I suspect, more recently boosted popularity around the world of a powerful lozenge from Fleetwood. When I was in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, taxis all bore roof-top signs for Fisherman’s Friend.

Well, why not warm to one? Very beneficial, I’m sure, especially washed down with a drop of invigorating stout.

But I still fondly remember simpler times when we only had food fads or diets if on doctors’ orders.

The advice of GPs was generally to cut down on chips and chocolate then exercise more. Or we were told: “Enjoy a bit of everything - but in moderation.”

Another adage was: ‘Breakfast like a king; lunch like a prince, then dine like a pauper’.

At Edmonds Towers, in Great Marton, the fridge and larder are stocked with wholesome grub.

However, She Who Knows keeps a keen eye on our diet and exercise. Recent disclosures had put her, too, on red alert.

“Do you realise,” she announced the other day, “some foods labelled ‘low fat’ actually have extra helpings of sugar - to improve their taste?”

Perhaps, as our weather edges towards freezing this week, we’ll try Marmite and Irn-Bru instead.

n More food for thought at www.royedmonds-