Dieters of the world – British newspapers have come with good news…
After years of being told to cut white bread out of our diets to lose weight, a recent study has been published in some of Britain’s newspapers, which has apparently found that white bread is actually good for you.
According to the London-based foundation that published the report: “bread is an important source of nutrition…” and they go on to rubbish the health warnings that it can lead to bloating, development of wheat allergies and even weight gain.
So who is this saviour to ravenous dieters of the world? Well, they are called the ‘British Nutrition Foundation’.
But is the ‘BNF’ an independent organisation? Are they impartial? To my knowledge, not one of the journalists that ran this story took the time answer these questions and write about the source of the study.
I am not a qualified journalist, but all it took was one click on the internet to find out that the ‘BNF’ has been criticised in recent times for its close relationship to the food industry. The Foundation receives funding from a large amount of food manufacturers and distributors in the UK, including: McDonalds, Tate and Lyle, Nestle and Sainsbury’s.
Furthermore, many members of the board of trustees are or have been employees of the food industry, including Paul Hebblethwaite who used to be its Chairman. More interestingly, Mr. Hebblethwaite is an ex-employee of Chivers-Hartley – a major manufacturer of jam products. (Jam goes well with toast, apparently…)
Should we take this study with a pinch of salt? (Or rather a handful of dough?) Surely it is in the best interest of the British Nutritional Foundation to encourage us to eat more white bread and boost falling sales?
It seems the newspapers helped them broadcast their message quite well…