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to think fresh healthy food should be subsidised?

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kim147 Sun 18-Nov-12 16:50:35

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MissCellania Tue 20-Nov-12 12:55:48

and I also have two children on lactose free diets, which adds expense, but is not an excuse (especially since you'll find milk products in a lot of ready meals)

FredFredGeorge Tue 20-Nov-12 13:08:56

The obsession with fruit and vegetables and "healthy living" is also pretty confused I think, there are very few people deficient in the UK in most of the major nutrients found in a strawberry (mostly Vitamin C, can be stored long term in the body and available in lots of foods) but there are many more short of Vitamin D - which isn't found in fruit and veg anyway (well alfalfa maybe but how many people are eating that?).

There are some people deficient in micro-nutrients, but the vast majority of the problems of peoples diets in the UK is one of over-consumption of macro-nutrients, simply eating too much. And the "5 a day" is really aimed at tackling that - due to the lower nutrient density of most fruit and veg, rather than a big deficiency in vitamins.

garlicbaguette Tue 20-Nov-12 13:30:52

Fair point about the ready meals ... I was pretty keen to know where she got them! Maybe she just meant a couple of BOGOF pizzas? (Not such a bad meal with some bread & veg.)

YY, Fred. First World malnutrition is often caused by 'healthy' diets like the raw vegan diet and/or continuing 'diets' that were only promoted for short-term use.

To be fair, you can eat any old toot with adequate vitamin/mineral supplements and not be malnourished. Whether you'd actually be healthy is another matter.

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