Livewire - February 20, 2013

Nanette Trueman
Nanette Trueman
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By chef Nanette Trueman of Hambleton

Here we are in the middle of yet another serious food scandal.

We have reached an awful climax of untruths and, I would suggest, criminal neglect.

The health of the nation has been highjacked by the manipulative faceless people whose aim at any price is to make money, not for the wellbeing of humanity rather for themselves.

Horsemeat is the least of it. My hobby horse is this: why is everyone determined to drink skimmed milk, who told you to drink this watery liquid?

Doctors are now measuring Vitamin D along with their regular checks, funny really, suddenly we need Vitamin D. We have always needed Vitamin D.

Why? Because it is necessary for the absorption of Calcium, and where are we most likely to receive our Vitamin D and Calcium from. You have it FULL CREAM MILK. The fat in cream acts as a carrier for the absorption of the important fat soluble vitamins such as A D E and K . Fat does not make you fat. Carbohydrates do. We all need a well-balanced diet. A diet which includes protein, fats and carbohydrates. The more varied the diet the better.

I would like to persuade everyone to buy as much organic food as possible.

Why would anyone want to eat food which has been watered with insecticides while growing in earth full of chemical? Or eat animals which have been pumped full of growth hormones?

I am sure folks will be crying out, “We can’t afford to buy Organic.” But you really can’t afford not to. Perhaps if we eat a little less, we then in turn buy a little less.

Really we have to spend a little time thinking about what we really want to eat. Not what the food industry tells us to eat.

Are we all thinner since we were told not to eat animal fat?

If we are to believe what we are told our weight is at epidemic proportions. Sounds like some misinformation there.

Food is a massive and complex subject; I would ask that you ask what you are eating.

I could go on at length, but for the moment back to the horse meat crime, for that’s what it is, for who are these people who think or perhaps know they can do and say what they like?

Not too long ago I wrote to education minister Michael Gove on the question of school meals. In much detail I made a few points.

I got the reply that Mr Gove didn’t have time to read correspondence sent to him. There’s a lesson to be learned there, too.