I’m proud to be Australian and consider myself extremely fortunate to live in a country where there is so much opportunity, easy access to fresh foods and vegetables and a bountiful, extensive enviornment. Recently, our Government has made a valiant attempt to reduce the incidence and prevalence of obesity, coupled with encouraging the younger generation to eat more ‘nutritionally dense’ foods. While we have seen success in many areas, some initiatives are downright bizarre and in my eyes- absolutely unnecessary. Here are 5 which take the crown as the most ridiculous.
Cola and other flavoured raisins
These raisins have been hitting our supermarket shelves in an attempt to get children to eat more fruit- and what better way to do that than mask them in flavours that they would find more appealing- Cola, Blackcurrant and Strawberry. They claim to be the ‘healthy alternative to sugary biscuits and sweets.’
My thoughts- Raisins are already sweet enough on their own- Why add MORE sweetness to them with blackcurrent or strawberry flavours and which genius thought of adding a COLA flavour? Maybe the manufacturer thought raisins are chupa chups or something. You guys know I’m a fan of #strangebutgood combinations. This sounds like #strangeANDcrap.
The Low carb potato
Our media harks on and on about being the pioneers of the first ‘Low Carb potato’- with 50% less carbs (naturally) than other carbohydrate sources, these potatoes are great mashed, baked and roasted.
My thoughts- Folks, we have some clever marketing going on here DING DING DING. Notice the asterix next to carbs? Their tool of comparison is against rice and pasta. That’s right- RICE AND PASTA. Of course its going to be less carbs PER 100 GRAMS when you compare it to them! Compared to ‘normal’ potatoes- there is barely any difference.
In terms of these being full of vitamins- what are other potatoes full of? I know! What the marketing team for this product is full of!
The ‘Slimcado’ avocado looks like an avocado, feels like an avocado and tastes like an avocado- yet has one key difference- they have 1/3 less calories than other avocados.
1. ‘It looks like an avocado’– Yeah a gross, unappealing one.
2. ‘It feels like an avocado’– ….I swear every avocado I have ever bought feels different. This makes no sense!
3. Personally, the beauty of eating an avocado is enjoying the rich, buttery HEALTHY taste – I highly doubt it tastes similar. Maybe 2/3 similar.
Beneforte ‘Super Broccoli’ is cropped in such a way to have 2-3 times more glucorphanine that any other broccoli. (Glucorphanine- a naturally occurring compound only found in broccoli which reduces the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart diseases).
My thoughts- Is there a fruit or vegetable out there that DOESN’T potentially reduce the risk of such diseases? Furthermore….why does broccoli out of all the possible food choices out there need to be fortified with added vitamins? I’m still in disbelief…
The Slim Chip
Saving the best for last- I stumbled across this gem of an article a few years back and after some research, it looks like it will indeed become a reality- Introducing the slim chip-
No fat, No calories made out of edible cardboard which come in a variety of flavours including sweet potato, wasabi and cheddar.
My Thoughts– ………………………………………
What is the most ridiculous food product you have come across? Walden Farms calorie free peanut butter springs to my mind…
Would you consider eating any of the above foods or including them in your diet?
What ridiculous initiatives have your home country tried to implement?