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A Food Label Lament

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Whenever I read a newspaper or go to the supermarket, I'm battered(!) by information about which foods

are best for me. This is truly depressing and I only believe some of it. This poem sums up my thoughts.

				    A Food Label Lament

			  	Every day there's folk who expound
				on what we should eat, and I've found
				they all promote a point of view
				of what they think is good for you.
                                The manufacturers don't comply
				and in the face of reason fly,
				for taste is what makes products sell,
				that's what the listed contents tell.

				Please ignore the sugar and salt,
				which isn't really all their fault.
				They do it to improve the taste
				so that it doesn't go to waste,
				or you'll just throw it in the bin.
				After all, it isn't a sin
				to stop your food from tasting bland
				when additives are close at hand.

				Once, it was E-numbers that prevailed
				and colourings were much bewailed
				for they were always thought to be
				such harmful things for you and me.
				Now it's sugar and salt to blame
				and fat to add another name.
				Cakes and biscuits, well they're all bad
				and chocolate is banned, which makes us sad.

				For something has to sweeten life
				which frankly is too full of strife.
				Should it really turn out this way?
				It's quite impossible to say.
				At any rate some comfort food
				lifts our spirits and cheers our mood.

				Let's ignore what's on the packet,
				advertising's just a racket.
				It may be good or may be not,
				the main thing is, don't eat a lot.
				Everything in moderation,
				that will be our health's salvation.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2017

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Date: 2/9/2017 11:54:00 AM
Wise words indeed... they seem to change the guidelines every week so to me everything in moderation is the key:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 2/10/2017 10:51:00 AM
Thanks, Jan. We can't let the 'experts' spoil all our fun.