Wednesday, 11 July 2012
Is this healthier eating - or is it just cheating?
Still on the food theme, some eating-based observations from recent days . . . .
1) Spaghetti Hoops seem to have been added to the ever-growing list of things that can be categorised as a fruit or vegetable.
Confused? Me too, although a look at the label has cleared things up a little.
The ingredient list showing that a typical tin contains 46% tomatoes, whoever is in charge of such things has decreed that canned pasta can be classed, quite legitimately, as one of the all-important five-a-day.
Given that said foodstuff ranks amongst The G's all-time favourite eats, this is great news for my quest to improve her diet.
That said, I can't help feeling that this is cheating . . . .
Baked beans, I can just about accept as organic in origin. Spaghetti seems to be stretching it a little, even if it does help us to tick the boxes.
2) Curiously Strawberry having been blacklisted, the search is on for a suitable substitute.
First to audition are Sainsburys' Multigrain Boulders, described on the box as a 'Honey-coated wholegrain wheat, corn and oat cereal, fortified with vitamins and iron.'
So far so good, although a closer look at the label shows said cereal to be almost one-quarter sugar . . . .
It comes as no surprise then that The B&G love them.
Sainsburys do make cereals that have a far lower sugar content . . . .
One is called Malties, an own-brand take on Shreddies. We have a box of Malties - it has been sitting in the cupboard, untouched, for several months now.
That can't be a coincidence.
3) The G ate some fruit last night . . . .
Quite a breakthrough, this, given her longstanding aversion to all things organic.
The fruit in question, a baked apple, an experiment that produced better results than expected.
It must be noted that said dessert contained sufficient sugar and butter levels to render all the nutritional benefits of the apple irrelevant. Still, it's a start.
4) I'm sometimes not sure what is better - unhealthy food or no food at all.
This is a subject I ponder frequently, not least during times of fast, when it seems as though The G isn't eating enough.
There's often a temptation to let her eat anything, just as long as she eats something.
Deep down, though, I'm certain this isn't the correct course.
There's nothing I'd like more than to provide a diet - acceptable to The B&G - that isn't sugar-coated, that doesn't contain Strawberry Powder or mechanically-recovered chicken and which doesn't rely on canned goods to make up the all-important five-a-day.
Unfortunately, unlike Annabel Karmel and her cronies, we live in the real world . . . .