People Are Overfed And Undernourished
In the interview with BBC World Live News, I was asked to comment about the government’s case that we have a cost of living emergency and poor people need cheap food.
To explain further: The ban on ‘buy one get one free unhealthy food’ deals is being put on hold for a year. Also, the plan on restricting television advertising of junk food advertisements before 9pm has also been put on hold.
The government said that this plan would allow for a better understanding of the impact on household finances as the cost of living continues to rise.
As I explained: people are overfed and undernourished. If you consume more processed foods, it will give you very unstable blood sugar levels, leading to diabetes, obesity, heart attacks and these are all taxing on the healthcare systems.
If it was ‘buy one get one free’ for healthy, inexpensive food like vegetables, fish and chicken, there would not be an issue.
This decision is most likely going to cause even more mental and physical health problems, and it doesn’t make sense. Gut health is paramount to mental and physical wellbeing.
When you consume food that doesn’t feed you nutritionally, your body is never satiated, so you will eat more. Overeating of foods that are not nourishing, will encourage inflammatory disease, without doubt.
Obesity, for instance, is reaching epidemic proportions in most of the westernized countries. It is a serious chronic inflammatory condition with a wide range of debilitating and life-threatening conditions, that opens the body up for being susceptible to catching serious viruses and not recovering from them, like COVID-19.
Obesity imposes huge financial burdens on healthcare systems and not banning ‘buy one get one free’ junk foods at this time is encouraging more serious health conditions. Obesity develops over time and once it kicks in, unless someone undertakes an anti-inflammatory lifestyle like our member Nicky did (she lost 56 pounds), it presents many more risks.
Conditions associated with obesity are: cardiovascular disease, diabetes type 2, joint and muscular conditions, gastrointestinal disorders, respiratory disorders, cancer, obstructive sleep apnea and psychological conditions like depression, as in neuroinflammation. (Depression diminished for Nicky too, on this gut-health plan).
We need to be educating people about how to create nutritious meals on a tight budget. We should be encouraging batch cooking perhaps, once a week for an hour and freezing food that can be taken out in the morning and quickly heated in the evening.
Or use a slow cooker (a slow cooker isn’t necessary, though) to make soup and stews that take no time to prepare. I was telling the BBC World presenter that I had bought organic chicken and vegetables and lemons to make my immune-boosting chicken soup and it came out at only £2.50 per person.
It isn’t just a bowl of hunger satisfying chicken soup, the ingredients work together to boost the body, rather than deplete it.
The synergistic actions from the nutrients, combined with the accompanying compounds from ginger, turmeric, onions, garlic, parsley, black pepper, eggs, lemons and so on, will all assist greatly with the lowering of inflammation, protecting the immune and keeping the digestive tract healthy.
Kefta, Tomato and Egg Tagine comes in around the same cost and is not only delicious and satisfying but it fills the body up with good nutrition, supports metabolic and cholesterol lowering functions, reduces inflammation, protects eyes, teeth, brain, bones; keeping the mind, immune system and whole body healthy.
My Cream of Broccoli and Zucchini Soup costs even less than £1.50 per person and it protects the body from viruses and disease, supports metabolism, gut health, stimulates liver and lowers cholesterol and inflammation.
Encouraging people to feed their guts well with good bacteria will keep them mentally healthy, too.
Junk food / processed foods do not fulfil daily micro and macronutrient requirements and this leads to disease.
It is very important that we teach people how to nourish themselves and their families (without spending too much money), to support their own health as well as supporting the healthcare system.
You can watch the interview here: