Food and drink

We can’t talk about politics but we can talk about Meat

There is nothing better than meat…other than meat wrapped in bacon…because bacon.

This new book, MEAT: Everything You Need to Know sounds like a ripper.

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Banned from New Zealand television, why?

Why is this banned?

Was it because the ute was too dirty?

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Dirty politics derangement syndrome – Wendyl Nissen

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Better grab my box of tissues. Wendyl Nissen has had a big sook in the NZ Herald about wanting to be on the side of angels.

There is a lot of crap out there currently about dirty politics and it’s getting tedious.

Self-important luvvies getting in a tizzy thinking they are important enough to actually be targeted for treatment.

Both Cactus and I confirm they were never paid by anyone to discredit Wendyl Nissen. All posts were a labour of love.

We also add it was a mighty hard task to discredit her anyway as no one discredits Wendyl in print better than Wendyl herself.

 

Wendyl Nissen says that she hasn’t bothered to read the posts on WOBH about her articles, and doesn’t want anyone else to either.

We think she should.  That’s why the team at WOBH want to be helpful for people looking to see what we and other readers have said about Wendyl Nissen’s criticism of various food products and other issues she claims to be an expert in.   Read more »

Hold the horses – Eating addiction blamed for Obesity

Nigel Latta is simply brilliant. He’s managed to hoe into $1.6m of NZ On Air funding to produce TV shows including his most recent hit series ‘The Hard Stuff with Nigel Latta’.

For the most part, he ends his shows by wondering how can this sort of thing can happen in New Zealand and then bashes up on the Government. It’s a ratings winner.

But all this debate on obesity and saying it’s not our fault may have just hit a slight snag.

I’ve come across an article in the UK’s Guardian has the grand title ‘Eating, not sugar, is addictive’.    Read more »

Dirty is as Dirty does

Nicky Hager reckons I play politics dirty.

He is right, I do….So what?

But he is in reality a sanctimonious hypocrite.

Twice now he has written books from stolen and/or hacked books about New Zealand politics.

Funny how they are always National party aligned people who have their emails hacked or stolen by accomplices of Nicky Hager.

Who is the one playing dirty politics?

The left of course rejoices, but never once stops to winder why it is that nothing like this surfaces in return.

They wrongly assume that they are squeaky clean. They are not. It is just that no one on the right is prepared to actually commit crimes to play their dirty politics.

And is it really that dirty? Tony Falkenstein doesn’t seem to think so, despite me challenging his shilling against “Big Sugar” in order sell his own water.

And the victim of an alleged corporate smear campaign is shrugging off claims that a Food and Grocery Council public relations advisor ordered and paid for online attacks.

Mr Hager’s book claims that Tony Falkenstein, who was involved in a legal case against Coca Cola, was the target of online attacks written by Mr Slater.

Coca Cola is one of the council’s members.

The book claims the attacks were paid for by the council’s public relations agent, Carrick Graham.

The victim of the online smear campaign, Tony Falkenstein, said he was not too worried about the revelations.

“I think that’s part of lobbying, and if I look at it from their point of view, hey if someone’s got a different opinion that could be detrimental to their members, they’re going to use any tactic possible to make sure they get their own opinion across.”

Coca Cola could not be reached for comment, while Mr Slater, Mr Graham and the Council are refusing to comment.

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Some are starting to wake up to the threat of plain packaging

I have been telling anyone who would listen, both on this site and in speeches that other businesses will be the next target for plain packing after the health nazis have finished destroying tobacco.

Some just shake their heads and say that it will never happen to their industry, others acknowledge it but think that their blond media trained bimbos sitting outside the CEOs office will be able to bat off the massed forces of state funded troughers presenting their “evidence” to bewildered and easily confused politicians.

They are wrong, and the pain isn’t far off, particularly for the food and beverage industry.

Some are waking up though.

Lawyers for confectioner Mars have warned that plain packaging for tobacco could have a major impact on other products to the detriment of consumers, according betterRetailing.

Should the government proceed with plans to introduce plain packaging, it could lead to brand names being put into plain type, as well as certain colours and shapes being removed from product packaging.

Mars argued that these types of branding helped consumers to identify quality products, which had a lesser risk of being counterfeited. Mars would certainly be vulnerable to such regulations, with ownership of Dolmio and Uncle Ben’s, as well as its chocolate and petcare products.    Read more »

The insanity of sugar and fat taxes

Katherine Rich pushes back against the health nazis who want to put a tax on sugar and fat.

Sugar taxes will extract more money from citizens’ wallets for governments but do nothing to curb obesity.

While sugar is seen by some as the current food demon, it’s important to dial back the hysteria for a fact-based discussion.

Sugars are an important part of people’s diets, providing energy for the body and brain. Over the past decade, sucrose consumption in New Zealand has declined, and reports suggest most people consume at moderate levels.

All this while obesity has been rising. The remaining part of the energy-in, energy-out equation is physical activity, but anti-sugar activists prefer to blame food companies.

The food companies just sit there like stunned mullets as their customers and products are demonised. They thought that it would never happen to them if only they just kept quiet while tobacco companies were bashed.

They were wrong.

The inconvenient truth for those wanting to scapegoat full-sugar carbonated drinks – fizzy – is that there has been a dramatic drop in sales in the past 15 years as consumers turn to the growing array of zero calorie and diet fizz options now available.

With Kiwis eating less sugar and drinking less sugary fizz at a time of rising obesity levels, it’s nonsense to pretend fizz taxes are going to magic away the obesity problem.

So long as the health nazis promote the food pyramid that is heavy on carbohydrates and low on proteins then we will continue to get fatter, especially if we don;t exercise to burn those calorie loadings. Taxing sugars and fats won’t work.    Read more »

Sugar Tax lobbyists hitting up MPs Thursday

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Election year always gets activist groups all fired up about beating their drum in the hope MPs searching for something to say pick up on their cause.

Blaming sugary drinks for the cause of obesity in NZ is the hot topic at the moment.

With Coca-Cola doing their best to ensure they own the obesity problem with failed interviews like this one with Duncan Garner,  other companies Frucor, Red Bull, The Better Drinks Company are all looking increasing uneasy with where the debate is heading.

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Charge the parents, don’t tax the drinks

I have long held the position that it is fat bastards who should pay for their health concerns as a result of their poor self control. Introduce a Fat bastard Tax not what the health busybodies want which is a tax on all products containing sugar or fat…or whatever ingredient they will hate on next.

In the case of children then tax the parents who let their kids become fat bastards.

Christina Odone blogs at The Telegraph:

“What do we hate? The Nanny state!” might be a suitable marching song for conservatives — until, that is, children’s well-being is compromised. When parents abuse their role as their child’s protectors the state is right to intervene. Which is why the couple in Norfolk, arrested for allowing their son’s weight to reach 15 stone, should face court.

Imagine parents who regularly gave their son heroin; or a bottle of vodka. Anyone observing such behaviour would instinctively call the police to save the child. The same now has to be true of a child whose parents are feeding him too many of the wrong things. We now know that food — junk food, fatty food, sugar, additives – can prove as damaging to a child’s health as heroin or alcohol. Indeed, sugar is so toxic that experts claim it is as bad as tobacco: it leads not only to obesity, but to diabetes too.

Parents who ignore these facts and ply their children with excess food (or just really bad food) are abusing their children as clearly as those who let them take drugs. In the case of the couple in Norfolk, their son suffers from autism: he is all the more at the mercy of his parents’ care. They defend his weight by claiming that it is down to bad genes. Wrong: it’s down to the parents.

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The mediterranean diet will save our kids from obesity…oh wait!

We have been told by many, many health jihadists that our kids are fat and that if we modelled our diets on the mediterranean diet to solve this.

But wait…the heftiest kids in the world are fatties who eat the mediterranean diet…ahead of our kids.

Matthew Yglesias writes at Vox:

Most people know that the United States has a childhood obesity problem. Less well known is that according to the latest data from the OECD is that we are not actually the world leaders in experiencing this issue. It’s Greece and Italy who have the most overweight kids:

 

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