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to think fruit and vegetables are a bit of a con

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mariej2 Sun 27-Jul-14 07:38:17

Me and the hubby have both never been a big fan of fruit and veg. We don't worry about having 5 a day and probably rarely do. We are both healthy late 30s, not overweight and hardly ever get ill.

Now dd is at school we are having her friends round for dinner. One was horrified that we fed her daughter fish fingers, baked beans with diet cola. To be fair we would usually have sweet corn with this meal simply because we like it but we had ran out.

It feels like kids are being punished by feeding them kale and broccoli and nothing nice.

Apparently a glass of orange juice has as much sugar as a Mars bar. If you give your child the orange juice that's not much of a treat and once they become a teenager they will gorge on all the forbidden foods!

I think this whole eat fruit and veg is a conspiracy to make the supermarkets more money and make people miserable.

Boobsofsteel Sun 27-Jul-14 07:39:56

Don't be stupid. We did not evolve to eat pop tarts.

Mumof3xox Sun 27-Jul-14 07:41:06

If you fed my child diet cola I would have something to say tbh

SpottyTeacakes Sun 27-Jul-14 07:41:32

Yeah, right....

Mmmm pop tarts

Panzee Sun 27-Jul-14 07:42:23

Nothing wrong with beans. Probably the coke.

Sirzy Sun 27-Jul-14 07:45:09

I really hope for the sake of the child that this isn't true.

Surely most people at least roughly know what should be in a healthy diet, even if for whatever reason they struggle to put it into practice?

NynaevesSister Sun 27-Jul-14 07:45:09

Good grief you are serious? I can't even begin to address that. You won't listen to anything anyone has to say. Yeah you are right. It is all a big con by the fruit and veg manufacturers who make massive profits out of us by pushing fresh food at us through slick advertising and marketing campaigns. The whole 5 a day thing is just a big con cooked up by lobbyists from big Farma giving backhanders to corrupt politicians.

MissBeans Sun 27-Jul-14 07:46:02

The diet cola I'd be iffy about tbh. Surely you could think up something a bit more exciting to eat when you/your dc have guests over?

And fruit & veg are not a con. They are densely packed with vital nutrients to keep us healthy.

gastrognome Sun 27-Jul-14 07:46:52

Sounds like your views are coloured by the fact that you don't much like fruit and veg, so you have concluded that nobody actually enjoys it.

However, lots of people - children included - genuinely like eating the stuff! It's fine if you don't like fruit and veg, but really, there's nothing strange about others wanting to eat it.

fairylightsintheloft Sun 27-Jul-14 07:49:17

have you had a cholestoral or blood sugar check ever? Just being a healthy weight and generally avoiding colds etc aren't the only indicators. I wouldn't be hmm about the meal - its a one off so hardly going to scar them for life but YABU about the conspiracy thing - so much so I don't really know where to start!

SpottyTeacakes Sun 27-Jul-14 07:50:48

I would be fine with fish fingers and beans, but wouldn't be happy with the coke at all. Not that dd would drink it she hates fizzy.

Missunreasonable Sun 27-Jul-14 07:50:51

I'm betting the child doesn't come for tea again because his parents probably know the difference between a healthy diet and a very unhealthy diet.
Did you deep fry the fish fingers?

SchroSawMargeryDaw Sun 27-Jul-14 07:51:05

I would be really pissed off if my child was given diet coke.

Also, you do realise that although there may be as much sugar in a glass of orange juice as a mars bar, there are different types of sugars?

FWIW, I think fruit should be a treat, but we need loads of veg, nutrients need to come from somewhere and processed food is just empty calories and unhealthy.

JellyMould Sun 27-Jul-14 07:51:06

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CuttedUpPear Sun 27-Jul-14 07:51:06


I would never let my child go to your house again if you fed them diet Cola.

You say you are healthy now in your thirties. You are, however, laying down the building blocks for diabetes, heart disease, gout and many other illnesses, whether you believe it or not.

thegreylady Sun 27-Jul-14 07:51:31

Many/most dc love broccoli and carrots at least. Fruit is often chosen above sweet stuff too. There is no nourishment at all in diet coke. My two youngest dgc would consider fish fingers and beans a very unusual meal and it would never be offered to guests. Do your dc not have apples, bananas and berries in season.

CuttedUpPear Sun 27-Jul-14 07:52:09

Oh yes and YABU for using the term "hubby".

DalmationStripe Sun 27-Jul-14 07:52:38

My first thought was that this must be a joke, but after thinking about what most people I know feed their kids, it wouldn't surprise me if people did actually think like this.

GirlWithTheLionHeart Sun 27-Jul-14 07:52:59

I choose to eat kale and brocolli because they're delicious! You have to know how to cook veg otherwise like anything else, it can be bland.

I hate how some people see veg as horrible, they're delicious!

s113 Sun 27-Jul-14 07:54:14

With my adult head on, I do believe that fruit and veg are healthy (and I notice how awful I feel when I don't eat them), but I do have some sympathy for the OP's thinking:

I often take the view that "if the government keeps nagging us about something, there must be a conspiracy".

The government nags us at length that fruit and veg are good.
Our parents nag us that fruit and veg are good.
Out teachers nag us that fruit and veg are good.
Therefore they are all colluding to hide something.

Indeed, the government nags us about many things, which make some of us want to disbelieve it simply because of that! Indeed, adverts of every kind are telling us "how dare you live without the tat we are forcing on you".

But OP, why should fruit and veg automatically make profit for supermarkets? If you grow them yourself, supermarkets need not get a penny! Humans were around long before supermarkets.

FlipFlopWaddle Sun 27-Jul-14 07:54:50

Yes, that's right, I regularly (every day in fact, several times!) punish my children by offering them fresh fruit and vegetables that contain essential nutrients to keep them healthy hmm

I also <gasp> give them water to drink, or milk.

Do you actually believe what you've written?

Icimoi Sun 27-Jul-14 07:55:51

If you seriously think shops make a big profit from selling fresh fruit and veg, you're living fantasy life.

bakingtins Sun 27-Jul-14 07:56:48

Were you both raised on a fruit and veg free diet? How are your parents doing now?

Fishfingers and beans is not that bad, though that would be my absolute minimum effort, can't be bothered tonight tea. I agree it's the giving diet coke to a small child that is likely to have the mum eye-rolling.

YAB ridiculous to think it's a conspiracy, though I agree it makes it difficult to eat well when fresh fruit and veg are expensive and processed crap is cheap.

Batmansbuttocks Sun 27-Jul-14 07:57:29

Is this a joke? You can't be that ignorant and be a grown-up can you?
Silly me, it's the school holidays, I forgot.

Sirzy Sun 27-Jul-14 07:57:31

I hate how some people see veg as horrible, they're delicious

I agree, I also struggle to understand (unless there are other sensory issues) how someone can not like any veg when there is such a variety of different veg.

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