Put you your off your dinner Saturday: A collection of ” creatures ” found in food

A Kiwi Dad found a ” creature ” inside a Watties can of baked beans that turned out to be mould and it inspired me to entertain you all this Saturday with a collection of ” creatures ” found in food all over the world.

But first a poem…

A full mouse, I think,
Is not so distinct,
I seem to have seen,
One here in my sink.

But half a mouse, well,
That’s a mouse not so full,
Yet better than that,
It’s quite actionable.

A full mouse, I fear,
Is just not so rare,
Despite the view of,
A tail and some hair.

But half a mouse asks,
Where the other half is,
And that’s the mouse half,
Where a lawsuit might live.

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Health trougher wants to save fat bastards by taxing us all

Robyn Toomath is a health trougher and a socialist. She hasn’t yet met a tax that she doesn’t like.

She appeared on Sunday last night re-iterating what she has written on her blog.

If you stop and ask people on the street, nine out of ten (including the overweight ones) will say that you get fat from over-eating and its no-one’s fault but your own. This is not just due to imperfect understanding of geno-environmental interactions, but because the notions of autonomy and self-control are deeply held (1). So when nihilistic biologists such as myself suggest there is no such thing as free will, it’s not just the libertarians but liberal intellectuals who are offended.

I need to remind myself of this tension between free will and socially determined arguments when I feel frustrated at the persistent framing of obesity as an issue of personal responsibility. But no matter how appealing the idea that we can change our body size if we choose to, the reality is that we can’t. At least, not most of us, and not permanently. Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor (and obesity expert), said in a recent speech that over his life time he has lost about 100kg in weight, and put about 95kg back on (2). If motivation and education were the keys to staying slim Sir Peter should be as thin as a rake (he’s not).

It’s all very well maintaining a fantasy if it makes us feel better but the personal responsibility myth causes great harm.

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Dunedin hospital food passes the Coleman Taste Test


Jonathan Coleman went to Dunedin Hospital yesterday to taste the food that Andrew Little described as “slops” in parliament.

Frankly I am appalled that Andrew Little denigrated hard working, probably unionised, hospital catering staff without testing the food himself.

Jonathan Coleman did though…and he said it was yummy.

Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman has praised the ”standard Kiwi fare” he sampled at Dunedin Hospital today, and says there is ”nothing wrong” with the meals.

Dr Coleman took part in the taste test today due to pressure over the meals in recent days because of publicity about meals.

He ate bolognese and pasta, a sandwich, and soup, and enjoyed them all.

Dr Coleman suggested people needed to adjust their expectations about what to expect when they are in hospital.   Read more »

Photo Of The Day


Baghdad Country Club

It takes Real Balls to Play here

 The Who’s Who of Baghdad’s Green Zone Ate Steak and Drank Fine Wine at a Bar that Billed It’self as “An Oasis of Calm.”

So, many Western visitors to Iraq in the past decade have thrown their heads back after a near-miss with a roadside bomb and thought, I need a drink right now. That was where the Baghdad Country Club came in.

“The management is happy to secure any firearms, grenades, flash bangs or knives in the club armory.”

Saturday night in Baghdad, and Heidi, the barmaid at the Baghdad Country Club, is worried about the beer. On a busy night, she might serve 800 cold ones to the diplomats, security guards, and construction workers who frequent the Country Club, a white cinder-block house with blue trim on a residential street in the Green Zone.

The BCC, as its known, gets its alcohol from suppliers outside the walls, but insurgents are targeting the crossings on either side of the Tigris River. On this Saturday, a truck bomb on a bridge has locked up traffic on the west bank of the Tigris, delaying the delivery of the night’s beer supply. Heidi, a recent college graduate from Florida, wonders whether the war will eventually collapse on the Green Zone, the way it did on the U.S. embassy in Saigon. But she doesn’t let that occupy her for long. Looking down at the empty glass in her hand, she smiles and says, “Let’s do a shot…

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No wonder the world is in trouble: first liberal lefties, then ISIS, now this

Didn’t they read the news the other day?

Vegetarians are sicker and more mental than meat eaters, but apparently on the rise in New Zealand.

Vegetarianism in New Zealand has grown 27 percent in the past five years — and that’s largely down to more men changing their diet, according to a recent study.

Roy Morgan Research has revealed that 63 percent more men than four years ago say all the food they eat — or at least almost all — is vegetable-based, with nearly 10 percent of all Kiwi males now referring to themselves as vegetarians.   Read more »

Vegetarians are unhealthier, more mentally disturbed than meat-lovers


Yummy meat

Anyone who eats meat already knows this.

It’s no secret that many vegetarians are also radical environmentalists and climate alarmists who are obsessed and hysterical about the planet burning up. Perhaps the University of Graz in Austria has discovered one reason why: their “unhealthy” diet.

A new University of Graz study concludes that vegetarians are more often ill and have a lower quality of living than meat-eaters. According to the German press release, vegetarians “have cancer and heart attacks more often”. The release also says that they show more psychological disorders than meat eaters. Consequently, the report writes, they are a greater burden on the health care system.   Read more »


I knew it…Black Pudding is a Super Food


I love Black Pudding…it is delicious…and I have enjoyed it since a young child. There is nothing better than eggs, bacon and black pudding…fried of course.

Now I find out that Black Pudding is a super food.

Each year brings its fair share of dietary fads, especially in the world of health and nutrition but 2016’s new buzzed-about foods are weirder than ever.

While 2015 saw the clean-eating Instagram brigade fuss over coconut oil, avocados, kale, acai and agave, 2016 will see tree water replace coconut water and an obscure South American root be added to smoothies and bakes.

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Robyn Toomath throws in the towel and the toys out of the cot


Will this set a chain reaction in motion?

Today we find out long time obesity activist Robyn Toomath from the Fight Obesity Epidemic has thrown in the towel, but not before first chucking her toys out of the cot.

Her comments are priceless.

“Clearly I’ve made no progress. There’s not a single thing that comes to mind other than the district health boards are going to provide a healthy food environment for their staff,” she said.

If there was only a “we” in that statement other obesity troughers could well be asked to seriously look at their positions as well and their achievements.   Read more »


Food prices drop in last month, Labour’s ‘crisis’ works again

Remember when Labour declared milk prices were too high, that supermarkets needed regulation and also fresh fruit and vegetables were too expensive and so they needed to remove GST from them.

They also claimed that manufacturing was in crisis, it immediately recovered. They claimed that there was a brain drain and there was an immigration crisis, which promptly reversed. The last crisis was in milk prices and that has rebounded too.

Now it appears food prices have dropped in the last month.

Falling fresh milk prices led the way for grocery prices to go down last month, Statistics New Zealand says.

“Grocery food prices fell 0.8 per cent in October, led by a 5.7 per cent fall in fresh milk prices,” Statistics NZ consumer prices manager Matt Haigh said today.

Seasonally lower prices for fruit and vegetables also influenced the overall drop in prices.   Read more »


Labour to introduce sugar tax by stealth


You’d have thought that Labour had learned from the last time they wanted to go all nanny state on us all.

Last time it was light bulbs and shower-heads….now it is Watties Tomato Sauce.

Labour wants the food industry to reduce how much sugar goes into processed food in an attempt to reduce childhood obesity.

New Zealand has the third-highest adult obesity rate in the OECD and Labour’s health spokeswoman, Annette King, has unveiled details about how her party will tackle the problem if it gets into government.

In her speech to the annual conference in Palmerston North today, Ms King said Labour would work with the food industry to reduce the amount of sugar in processed food.

It would be voluntary at first, but would eventually move to being a requirement.   Read more »