Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Israel’s product warnings are given by people ignorant of food and health

If the law was our GP, we’d all go extinct

By law, packaged foods in Israel must be labeled as healthy (green seal), or too salty, too fat, or too much sugar. It’s a total dysfunctional mess, really.

Too Salty

The norm is ridiculously high. Potato chips that taste almost saltier than the Dead Sea carry the green label. But, equally-salty pickled cucumbers get labeled too salty, as if we’d drink the brine they’re sold in. And, regular soup powder is labeled too salty, as if it’s eaten dry. Of course, it’s dissolved in liters of hot water, but the food regulators don’t know that?

Animal produce is notoriously tasteless, ‘requiring’ heavy salting, making us addicted. The same blandness we find in white-flour produce. But, dull meat, fish, eggs, or white bread, porridge, or cookies carry no salt warning.

Ridiculously, one of the most dangerous food supplements, salt itself, has no warning on it. Cigarettes have. They’re both addictive. Manufacturers’ greed makes them salt everything, so it will be hard to stop eating.

Knorr in my super has three different meat-less chicken-flavored soups, one high-salty (red), one medium-salty (red), and one low-salty (green). Salt, the silent killer, should have more than just two levels, green and red.

Bad Fats

Peanut butter, olive oil, and sunflower oil are health-supporting. At the start of the labeling law, they were in the red fats zone. Now, it depends on the mood of the inspectors, it seems, if they’d get sealed as safe or not.

In a normal diet, the body transforms sugar into cholesterol. High-sugar junk ‘foods’ should carry a fats warning but they don’t. They may even state that they are ‘cholesterol-free,’ which is the greatest deception.

Refined Sugar

Calories that most people don’t need.

White flour produce (bread, cookies, pasta, pizza, rice) should be available on a doctor’s prescription only, such a health hazard they are. They’re just serial sugar. But, this harmful junk has no warning whatsoever on it.

For greed, manufacturers put sugar and white flour in everything because they’ll make you hungry again. The addictive carbs also keep you eating.

Other refines, low-fiber calories, like potato or cornflour, are not flagged.

Sugar is not only junk food, but also takes away your appetite for real food.

Caffeine, which makes you speedy too and cut down on sleep, is ignored.


Not eating junk may not let you live longer but, at least, it will seem longer.

Like medication, food should have package leaflets stipulating side effects.

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