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