Yet more on \”healthy\” eating. We all eat too much salt and thus salt in the diet should be reduced. Ignoring the fact that for almost all of us the body has a perfectly good method of getting rid of excess salt. It\’s called a kidney. We all eat too much fat and …well, you get the point.
However, where I start to get enraged is here:
It says “toxic” artificial fats known as trans fats, which have no nutritional value
This is absolutely flat out lying and the people doing this to us should be crucified (take that as a metaphor for public shaming if you wish).
This started in the States, with the observation that there are foods which seem to be just pure calories. No trace elements or interesting bits of roughage at all, just calories all the way. Sugar would be an example. This then morphed into the phrase \”empty calories\”, meaning very much the same thing.
Now we\’re told these same things have \”no nutritional value\” which is entire bollocks. They still don\’t have trace elements, this is true, they still don\’t have interesting roughage, this is also true. But they most certainly do have nutritional value.
You can have all the trace elements you can fit into yourself along with as much roughage as you can munch: vitamin tables and a diet of bark for example. And you\’ll die of starvation perhaps 60, 80 days in. Because you won\’t be getting that essential component of nutrition: calories.
Run it the other way around, get no trace elements, get no roughage, take no vitamins but eat lots of calories, empty even though they may be, and it\’s take a lot longer than 60 days for the scurvy, pellagra, kwashikor or whatever to get you.
Calories are nutrition: it is not possible to say that something with calorific value is not nutrition.
Now this may sound extreme but what worries me when people attempt to change the language3 in this manner is that, when reinforced often enough, it become impossible to think certain thoughts. E. Blair made this the cornerstone of one of his books. But recall, that book was a warning, not an instruction manual.