And Then They Came For Your Cake

There is no end to puritanism.

Diets high in ultra-processed food may be harmful to every part of the body, a major review of research found.

Eating a lot of foods such as ready meals, sugary cereals and mass-produced bread is linked to an increased risk of 32 health problems including cancer, type 2 diabetes and mental health disorders.

Often high in fat, salt and sugar and low in vitamins and fibre, researchers found ‘convincing’ evidence higher consumption was associated with a 50 per cent greater risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke.

In the biggest analysis of evidence to date involving 10million people, researchers found those eating the most had between a 40 and 66 per cent increased risk of dying from heart disease.

They were also significantly more likely to be diagnosed with obesity, lung conditions and sleep problems.

Maybe they cause climate change too. As a general rule, I ignore ‘studies’ that use vague percentages as percentages can be manipulated.

…experts call for biscuits, cakes and sweets to be treated like cigarettes

Remember ladies and gents, there is no slippery slope.


  1. I think most people have worked that out for themselves. There are plenty of us who chose to cook from scratch and limit consumption of sweet treats. Of course these non healthy options are often cheap and are pushed by the stores as great offers.
    Perhaps decent cookery classes at school might be on the agenda.

    • When I was growing up, there WERE cookery classes in schools for girls destined to become housewives and mothers but nowadays, that’s sexist.

      • Cookery classes? When I were a lad they had classes in schools for girls destined to become domestic scientists. 🙂

    • I despair when I see some mothers shopping with children afoot and glance at their trolley- all ready meals and frozen pizzas. Barely any fresh fruit or veg.

      Thank god I was brought up and taught to cook by mum and Nan. And that’s from a time when there were barely any tv cookery shows except Fanny Craddock and the Gslloping Gourmet!

  2. Just think, if you stopped eating altogether you could avoid all this harmful stuff and you would be immortal.

  3. “Perhaps decent cookery classes at school might be on the agenda.”

    It seems to me that there are a great many essential life skills that could be taught in school but aren’t. The basics of vehicle maintenance, money management, cooking, basic household repairs and DIY stuff. I’m sure that other people can think of more examples.

    • “I’m sure that other people can think of more examples”

      Wiping your own arse is one that shouldn’t need to be taught, but (apparently) is in many primary schools, because feckless parents can’t be bothered to do it themselves. And with an upbringing from morons like that, there is ZERO chance their unfortunate offspring will acquire any basic “life skills” while at home…

    • Get real – How can the schools possibly find time for something as frivolous as Cookery when there’s all that vital climate change, rain-forest, polar bears, diversity, black achievement, pick-and-mix gender, rainbows, windmills, anti-car propaganda et al to engrave into their freshly malleable brains?
      And that’s just before play-time on Mondays. . . . . .

  4. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that people who drink a couple of litres of full sugar Coca-Cola and eat an entire pack of chocolate biscuits per day are going to become land whales and will probably die prematurely.

    But why should those of us who sometimes like to eat or drink stuff that’s bad for us have our occasional treats banned or placed under some kind of restriction?

    Why can’t the food puritans (including the Graun with their vegan agenda) just piss off and leave us alone?

    • Because the whole reason to be a prodnose is to dictate to the proles from your position of superiority.

  5. I’m a great believer in personal freedom. It should not be a government’s (or its minions) job to prevent people doing things which harm no-one else.

    So drug decriminalisation – yes, even if more people will end up killing themselves. Making poor diet choices – not the government’s business beyond simple education. Neither is banning dangerous sports like horse riding or playing rugby, or playing golf in a thunderstorm.

    The alternative is that we end up in some Socialist hell hole where people can only do what is approved, can only vote for approved parties, and report anyone who isn’t compliant enough.

  6. Of course all academic research is trustworthy.

    Aa Solzhenitsyn said of the Liars “We know they are lying, they know they are lying, they know we know they are lying, we know they know we know they are lying, but they are still lying.”

  7. So a gang of self-professed “experts” swung themselves a nice juicy grant to find a result that a bairn wi’ a sair erse could have told them. Said result coming from Brasil is particularly relevant to Britain, of course.

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