I don’t know how much has changed in the last 25 years, but when I studied Medicine, medical students learned nothing about food and diet.
And if nothing has changed, that would be a fine explanation for the nonsense in this report: Doctors group says food labels alone not enough to promote public health. The headline in the paper Jerusalem Post was: Doctors blame 22,000 annual deaths on unhealthy food (the report says: over 10 years). (Another reason could be faulty reporting.)
I agree with the recommendation by the Israel Medical Association and its member, the Israel Association of Public Health Physicians, as well as the Israel Forum for Sustainable Nutrition and its position paper to lay taxes on harmful food and then using the proceeds to promote health, reducing the cost of healthful food and making it more accessible to the poor, and prohibiting advertising and marketing of dangerous food.
However, which are harmful and which the health-supporting foods? They are reported to favor labeling of foods as healthful with a green label and unhealthful with a red label, as well as the placing of images of spoons to show how much sugar foods contain. This is completely mad. A few examples.
- What’s the use of promoting health in an environment that will kill us all? So, cutting down on climate change needs to be high on the health requirements. Not a word about it. They focus on spoons of sugar?
- It’s more important to cut down on animal produce and white flour than on sugar. Not a word about that.
- We already have the craziness of wrappers saying how much cholesterol is in our foods. On sweets it blatantly says: contain no cholesterol. But the body converts any excess in carbohydrates and sugars that we consume into cholesterol.
- Meals provided in hospital are outrageously unhealthy. They are only checked for levels of salt, fat, etc. for specific patients, but they are full of white flour and animal produce, with hardly any fiber. How dare they? Why doesn’t anyone sue them?
Doctors can be trusted to mean well and have better intentions than the captains of the food industry. But don’t trust their food guidance.
Listen to your doctors’ health advices, but question their dietary recommendations.