I’ve watched those “how disgusing is your poo” programmes by Gillian McKeith where she examines faeces and shows the overweight participants how much fat is in the food they consume.The sight of a wheelbarrow full of full being wheeled into view shocks them into reality and the transformation begins.
I sit watching those and don’t give a second thought to the labels on the food I buy or what the fat content is. Label watching and calorie counting isn’t something men generally concern themselves with. Apart from anything else, labels are so innocuous. It’s hard to relate to percentages, grams and recommended daily allowances.
All of this came to mind when I started using a George Forman grill this morning. I cooked 3 Galtee Sausages in it. I hasten to add that the 3 sausages were not all for me. 3 would be a bit guttish. This is the grease that rolled off them.
I was stunned. I looked at the pack and it told me that 2 sausages contains 21.7 grams of fat (30%). So this is what approximately 32.5 grams looks like – disgusting. It’s my own fault for choosing cheap sausages. They had a big €2 sticker emblazoned on them and I just couldn’t resist. I’ll know better next time.
If food labels were required to carry a photograph of the raw fat in the product, I suspect the collective waisteline of Ireland would shrink quite a bit. Cigarettes are going to be branded here with graphic images of the effects of smoking. Maybe it’s time that food were to carry images and health warnings as well. I know the argument that eating high fat foods in moderation will not kill you and cigarettes will, but maybe it’s time for some reality on food labels as well.