Friday 15 December 2017

Claire O’Mahony: Fads, warnings and horse pie – I don't know what to eat any more

TELL me what you eat and I'll tell you what you are. In that case, my current food choices are rendering me a quivering wreck of bewilderment. There is a wealth of often-conflicting food-related information out there. I don't know what I should be eating any more, and suspect a food science degree is required to figure it all out.

It's unlikely I'm alone. You see confused shoppers in supermarket aisles all the time, already feeling guilty that they're there at all and not in their local greengrocers instead.

There are many conundrums to navigate. Are all ready-made meals bad? Is a bottle of red wine good for your heart or are you just deluding yourself? If you choose fish, what again is the sustainable kind? And, oh dear, you neglected to check the packaging on the organic mange tout – organic is good, right? – and now you see that it's from Kenya and is clearly bad in terms of air miles.

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