I recently became aware of how governments do and don’t regulate food production and/or what supermarkets can sell. I used to think that a given product was made the way it was because that is how it had to be, but have since discovered that this is not the case.

The government can regulate what ingredients are used – for example, in the UK they regulated that certain vitamins and minerals had to be added to flour (perhaps because refined white flour removed some essential ones!). And recently Scandanavia has regulated that foods with trans-fats can’t be sold (because this fat leads to chronic heart disease) so food manufacturers have to get their act together and produce more nutritious foods without in this case the harmful trans-fats.

This realization – about how food manufacture could include more healthy options to make a more healthy product – opened my eyes. It seems only when the government stepped in did the food manufacturer produce something better for the consumer, more nutritious and not so harmful.

Imagine how national disease statistics might be changed if governments required food manufacturers to make ‘good products’. Even ‘junk food’ can be made more healthy it seems, so why don’t governments do more to make sure the population gets better food? I wish I knew!

Posted by mom176887, 18th July 2016

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  • The pig industry, the egg industry, dairy industry. How they add sugar to food to make it more sellable. Scarey stuff


  • If you follow Jamie Oliver or watch That Sugar Movie, they’ll tell you food producers add whatever to their food to make it tastey do it sells. For example, food producers have what is called a ‘bliss point’ which is where they have worked out the exact amount of sugar in a product to make you want more of it. Too much sugar or nor enough and we don’t go back for more. I heard on the radio yesterday, in the egg production trade in Australia, all male chicks are thrown into a mincer as tiny babies. They’re not necessary for egg production so they’re disposed of. Why not sell them off to a chicken company for neat production? I dunno, there’s just so much wrong with the way we get so much of our food. I thought I was doing the right thing by only buying free range eggs……how wrong I was :,(


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