Tesco urged by investors to sell more healthy food
09/02/2021 | news | business | 184
The investors want the UK's largest supermarket chain to do more amid a growing obesity problem.
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Bob
10/02/2021 10:49:57 14 3
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ShareAction made this same call to supermarkets in March 2020 and June 2020. They've also previously campaigned about packaging of prepared fresh foods.

One reason people decide not to go for healthier fresher foods is laziness & not spending time preparing it. So if you fight & cry about prepared fresh food being a waste of packaging, you've only yourself to blame if people don't buy the stuff.
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Dee
10/02/2021 17:27:04 2 0
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Why did ShareAction not make the same call to US fast food companies. Could it be because some of their funding comes from the US?
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11/02/2021 09:35:48 0 0
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Not always laziness.
Not enough time.
Generally, people with more disposable income are able to enjoy being able to choose and therefore have a more healthy lifestyle and health.

I always buy Eco friendly products [generally from a local shop], but they are twice as expensive.
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10/02/2021 10:50:20 4 1
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This is a situation where 'nudge politics' is entirely appropriate, similar approaches have worked by gradually and significantly reducing salt/sugar content in products where no one even noticed.

We may all have a little bit around the middle but it is NOT okay to be excessively overweight.
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Dee
10/02/2021 17:24:03 0 0
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There may be many reasons why people get excessively overweight eg metabolism, genetics, emotion/comfort eating. Some of the healthiest people in the world die of heart attacks and cancer.
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jay
10/02/2021 17:28:59 0 0
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Reducing sugar Mars bars is done by making them smaller so people eat more of them. I think the fatties noticed, but again off course the manufacturer is to blame.
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10/02/2021 10:53:06 3 2
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Selling healthier food is fine, although I suspect that if more people buy more unhealthy food their stance will change.

Pricing will also help decide how successful the idea is- healthy food is usually much more expensive and that for some is the ultimate decider of what they buy.
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10/02/2021 12:11:05 2 1
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Healthy food is NOT more expensive .. BUT it does take longer to prepare at home.

Lazy, lazy, lazy.

And all the rubbish in cheap sugary food makes you even lazier.
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10/02/2021 10:53:24 2 18
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Disgusting Tesco food, so BAD for years

poor brits who do not even notice this as they get used to BAD food.....such as artificially processed meat, horrified
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10/02/2021 10:56:37 13 4
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As opposed to eating bats?
74
10/02/2021 12:25:33 0 0
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Yep .. Tesco have to up their game on the dog meat front.

Woof.
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10/02/2021 10:53:24 2 18
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Disgusting Tesco food, so BAD for years

poor brits who do not even notice this as they get used to BAD food.....such as artificially processed meat, horrified
5
10/02/2021 10:56:37 13 4
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As opposed to eating bats?
12
10/02/2021 11:08:49 6 1
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Well said.
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10/02/2021 11:10:32 2 6
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so you eat bats ?
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10/02/2021 10:59:45 37 0
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Plenty of healthy food on offer every time I go to Tesco. Some people buy it, others don't. It's not Tesco's fault that some don't. They are not running a charity. Perhaps address the problem rather than one of the consequences of it?
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10/02/2021 14:05:08 4 4
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I always avoid shopping at Tesco, they shut down the High Street near to where I live and now just serve uninviting produce from abroad rather than supporting British farmers.
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11/02/2021 11:21:50 0 0
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Shopping at Tesco or any supermarket, while waiting to pay at the checkout, it's fascinating to see how much junk food folk put in their trolleys. No surprise at the broad beams then !
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10/02/2021 10:59:58 1 5
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All most of these outfits care about is money and hoodwinking the public in to believing that they're great value. Since when did some moral ethics ever come in to play? Obesity and gluttony...nothing changes.
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10/02/2021 12:21:59 3 0
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Absolute rot.

Supermarkets are among the best run businesses out there.

No they are not perfect, but 99% of the time they do a good job.
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Dee
10/02/2021 16:00:12 0 0
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People do have a massive choice in this country where they can buy food any time they want. You can also grow your own.
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10/02/2021 11:00:21 40 1
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Its not the poor food on sale its the poor food people choose
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10/02/2021 11:02:11 7 0
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It is people's choice - you can buy healthy food in Tesco's but it requires effort to prepare it. Tesco are merely providing what the user demands. People need to make the personal choice to ditch fast foods and spend time and effort on healthy food. Unfortunately much of the population are too lazy to eat healthy or indeed take any exercise which is why obesity is such a problem in the UK.
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10/02/2021 11:06:13 3 6
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I've found that the healthy food in supermarkets are more expensive. Plant base sausages cost £2.50 a pack. I can buy cheap normal sausages for £1.
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Mog
10/02/2021 11:22:23 0 3
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Plant-based food in supermarkets is more expensive so as to enable the supermarkets to make more profit to counteract the low profit margin of the junk. Sausage is not a healthy food!
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Bob
10/02/2021 11:50:38 2 1
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Plant-based food isn't all that healthy, and is also ultra-processed food.

Eat it if you you want to save an animal and CO2. Don't eat it if you want a healthy balanced diet.
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10/02/2021 12:20:21 1 1
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Healthy food is never going to be the absolute cheapest.

And there is little correlation between healthiness & price of food.

Cheap sausages are full of rubbish. Tescos finest sausages are EXCELLENT and are pretty reasonable .. unless you spend all your food budget on alcohol .. then I can see your problem.

:-D
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10/02/2021 11:08:11 52 4
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How about some personal responsibility?

No one is shoving any kind of food into your mouth.
It's always someone else's fault for people becoming obese.

We do not want a Nanny state
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10/02/2021 11:12:06 6 10
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Trouble is we have evolved to crave sugar and fat, as these would have been scarce and valuable nutrients in our cave dwelling days, so we have to be forced to override the cravings.
97
10/02/2021 13:15:55 1 0
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we have already got one!
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11/02/2021 09:13:01 0 0
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Some people do not have the knowledge about nutrition and adverts on TV bombard you with food.

I eat healthy, but even I noticed when watching more TV during pandemic the amount of advertisements [some subliminal]. Ads should focus more on promoting healthy regimes and be more regulated with food outlets turning to healthy foods, combined with a robust "Education" system to help people choose.
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10/02/2021 10:56:37 13 4
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As opposed to eating bats?
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10/02/2021 11:08:49 6 1
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Well said.
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10/02/2021 11:09:57 8 3
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Funny that I don't see many Buy One, Get One Free deals on fruit or vegetables, but I do on cakes, biscuits and other junk food - I wonder why?

If supermarkets really wanted to help reduce obesity they should change the products in their offers!
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Bob
10/02/2021 11:53:56 6 0
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Supermarkets stopped buy one get one free on junk foods a long time ago now.

Fruit & veg is priced very cheaply. Junk food does get discounted, yes, but that's a marketing con akin to DFS sofas whereby they don't expect people to pay full price, but know they can hook you in with the discounted price.

If you'd prefer them to jack the price of fruit up only to then discount it, by all means.
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10/02/2021 13:11:14 0 0
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It's simple. Promotions are mostly funded by manufacturers from their marketing budgets. The supermarkets only rarely fund them themselves. Fruit and veg generally comes from individual farmers who don't have these budgets, hence the lack of promotional prices.

BTW, Tesco used to be ruthless with suppliers, demanding funding when they wanted to run promotions whether suppliers agreed or not
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10/02/2021 10:56:37 13 4
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As opposed to eating bats?
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10/02/2021 11:10:32 2 6
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so you eat bats ?
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10/02/2021 11:09:53 3 1
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not a good idea, it would jeopardise our status
as the most obese folk in Europe
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10/02/2021 11:10:34 4 6
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I despair with British food. Aisles and aisles of crisps and sweets and cakes. I say tax the bad stuff, and make home economics compulsory in state schools, so people can learn how to make healthy food for less money than junk food.
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10/02/2021 12:15:30 2 0
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Supermarkets are much the same everywhere.

Even in Italy there is a lot of junk food for sale.

Laziness in food preparation is a global phenomenon.
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Dee
10/02/2021 17:10:55 0 0
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Why should only state schools give home economics lessons? Who decides which foods are bad so they are taxed & anyway why give more money to the government to waste? All UK supermarkets have fresh fruit & veg at the front then aisles of a variety of food & drink at various price points. It’s up to the individual to choose. It’s their life.
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10/02/2021 11:12:58 62 5
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If YOU constantly eat unhealthy foods and don' t exercise YOU will become obese.

With a knock on effect to the NHS

Take some ownership of your life and stop blaming everyone else
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10/02/2021 12:17:37 21 1
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Quite, Tesco has a vast array of healthy options already to choose from.

ShareAction seems like a political organisation to me with an agenda.....

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ShareAction
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10/02/2021 14:02:34 4 1
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You need to be intellectually competent to follow this advice and as the majority who eat crap food from McBSE are in this sector, can't boil and egg, they will not even be reading your advice, needs to be on fake then they might see it. But they will need still need help notes to understand.
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10/02/2021 16:37:27 2 0
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There is no such thing as unhealthy food.

Eat too much pretend 'healthy' food and you get just as fat!

The liars are those running the food fads. They even admit the saturated fat one was a known lie. Hence the move over to the new sugar lie.
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10/02/2021 11:12:58 1 10
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I recall they sold dead "horse meat burgers" to locals but label says "beef".

Tesco food, vomit
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10/02/2021 11:34:18 0 2
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Sadly, the human may well sell chevaline meat from unwanted ponies and the race horses that lost, ie wastage. Humans are pitiful aren't we?
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10/02/2021 11:54:34 2 0
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Better dead than 'live' horse meat burgers or 'live' cow burgers...is that your point?
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10/02/2021 11:08:11 52 4
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How about some personal responsibility?

No one is shoving any kind of food into your mouth.
It's always someone else's fault for people becoming obese.

We do not want a Nanny state
19
10/02/2021 11:12:06 6 10
bbc
Trouble is we have evolved to crave sugar and fat, as these would have been scarce and valuable nutrients in our cave dwelling days, so we have to be forced to override the cravings.
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10/02/2021 11:18:24 10 1
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Agreed, we all like a slice of chocolate cake etc, and should have one now and then.

But as we know you cannot have a diet that consists of high fat/sugar and not expect any consequences.
Moderation is a word that some do not understand
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Dee
10/02/2021 17:47:34 0 0
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No we don’t have to be forced to do anything. Eating a more balanced diet with more protein & fat and a bit less carbs and moving around more would be better.
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11/02/2021 09:16:08 0 0
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I never eat processed sugar. It leaches calcium out of your bones and can be the main cause of imbalances/disease and "Yes" it is addictive! Perhaps Humankind will look back in 100 years time with the same horror as Tobacco and drug addiction?

Without Processed [complex sugars], you actually have more energy, not less if you eat a healthy/balanced diet!

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11/02/2021 11:20:51 0 0
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Why is there a need, apparently, to put so much fat and sugar in processed foods? eg: Baked Beans for a start.Hawkeye.
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10/02/2021 11:17:42 6 1
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Especially since March 2020; the UK population has been in repeated lockdowns, denied holidays and other breaks, many have lost their jobs or businesses and some have even lost their homes. And many have been bereaved too.

In that context; food and drink becomes one of the few remaining pleasures to many of us and although I am mostly careful about what I eat; I refuse to be TOLD what to eat.
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10/02/2021 11:17:43 1 2
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I had a top brand of baked beans the other day which are so much healthier than 20 years ago however bland and tasteless rubbish so I added a load of unhealthy stuff and they tasted much better. Better to die enjoying yourself than not.
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10/02/2021 11:32:41 1 1
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Baked beans are great and you can add spices, onions, garlic, chilli, tomato paste, free range egg, rice, barley, turmeric, coriander, etc to make an ordinary food extraordinary.
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10/02/2021 11:12:06 6 10
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Trouble is we have evolved to crave sugar and fat, as these would have been scarce and valuable nutrients in our cave dwelling days, so we have to be forced to override the cravings.
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10/02/2021 11:18:24 10 1
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Agreed, we all like a slice of chocolate cake etc, and should have one now and then.

But as we know you cannot have a diet that consists of high fat/sugar and not expect any consequences.
Moderation is a word that some do not understand
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Mog
10/02/2021 11:19:09 5 1
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One reason people do not buy healthy food is that much that is packaged and presented as 'healthy' is not. When you read the small print on the label and know what you are looking for, much so-called 'healthy food' does not stand up to scrutiny.
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10/02/2021 11:22:07 6 1
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"The UK has one of the highest rates of obesity in the world and obesity increases the risk of hospitalisation and death from a coronavirus infection, according to Public Health England."

What? I thought it was all the Government's fault.
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10/02/2021 11:06:13 3 6
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I've found that the healthy food in supermarkets are more expensive. Plant base sausages cost £2.50 a pack. I can buy cheap normal sausages for £1.
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Mog
10/02/2021 11:22:23 0 3
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Plant-based food in supermarkets is more expensive so as to enable the supermarkets to make more profit to counteract the low profit margin of the junk. Sausage is not a healthy food!
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ken
10/02/2021 11:22:54 23 0
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The supermarket stocks it's shelves but it is you who decides what to buy
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10/02/2021 11:31:05 4 8
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Everything wrapped in plastics leeching out nanoparticles and made from fossil fuels. Great.
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11/02/2021 09:24:15 0 0
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Yes, but lots of people are not always aware and do not have the time to cook. Perhaps a return to where families can have more time to do so? Instead of running themselves ragged 24/7 [both couples-any gender] in having to keep a roof over their head?!

Often people go for the "quick" ready made option because they have to, simply because life is too busy?
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10/02/2021 11:23:57 14 0
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Are Tesco policies driven by:

- an altruistic desire to improve the nations health, or
- building positive brand perceptions to increase profit

People are responsible for what they consume.
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Les
10/02/2021 11:28:39 4 6
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Where is the balance in this report. Yet again the BBC follows it own anti capitalist agenda.
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10/02/2021 11:29:54 5 4
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Where is the balance in your post?. Yet again Les follows his own anti-BBC agenda...
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10/02/2021 11:28:46 2 2
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Tesco will sell whatever makes them a profit. They don't care whether it's healthy or not.
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cb
10/02/2021 11:40:33 7 1
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Tesco will sell whatever their customers buy. There are enough healthy options available, its down to what people want to purchase.
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10/02/2021 12:09:06 1 0
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Not true at all.

Tesco make great efforts to have a good supply of fresh healthy food available. It takes more of their time and expense than stacking piles of Celebrations tins & Jammy dodgers for the wallies.

5 years or so ago, if we wanted anything "extra nice" we used to always go non-Tesco, but in fact their meat, fruit & veg have improved significantly.

You can take a horse to water ...
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Dee
10/02/2021 16:58:35 0 0
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Not true. There’s always fresh fruit & veg at the front when you walk in & a great array of food to choose from, profitable or not.
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10/02/2021 11:29:46 7 0
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what about food banks? plenty FAT food on offer.
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10/02/2021 12:57:04 3 1
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I'm shocked by the amount of junk food supplied by food banks, but in fairness they are constrained by what foods are donated to them, and also by what their clients will accept.
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10/02/2021 11:29:52 0 4
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Take out the red meat. Stop pesticides for fruit as that is unhealthy fruit, nuts too. Use grain that are not GM, dump sugar foods. Doesn't leave much. Stop the misery of factory farming which cannot be producing healthy food as the animals are eating the wrong foods and not getting enough air and light. Reduce human population massively.
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10/02/2021 12:16:55 3 2
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"Reduce human population massively."

Did Pol Pot spend some time in Devon back in the 70s ?
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Dee
10/02/2021 15:57:51 0 0
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Never gonna happen.
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Les
10/02/2021 11:28:39 4 6
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Where is the balance in this report. Yet again the BBC follows it own anti capitalist agenda.
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10/02/2021 11:29:54 5 4
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Where is the balance in your post?. Yet again Les follows his own anti-BBC agenda...
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Les
10/02/2021 11:39:37 0 2
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Clearly any mention of capitalism is a red rag to the lunatic left?
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10/02/2021 11:39:31 0 1
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I'm pretty sure that Les isn't funded through a compulsory licence fee.
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10/02/2021 11:30:13 0 2
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Chance to increase prices again.
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ken
10/02/2021 11:22:54 23 0
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The supermarket stocks it's shelves but it is you who decides what to buy
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10/02/2021 11:31:05 4 8
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Everything wrapped in plastics leeching out nanoparticles and made from fossil fuels. Great.
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10/02/2021 12:00:11 1 0
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Off topic.

But you knew you would be wrong anyway....
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11/02/2021 07:17:38 0 0
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Ans stoppimg you getting a vaiety of diseases from people handling it.
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11/02/2021 09:25:37 0 0
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Well-perhaps the buyers who influence Supermarkets need to lobby and petition harder.

Supermarkets will argue, they provide what the customer wants?!
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10/02/2021 11:32:00 1 2
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Removing chocolate from prominent positions simply means people spend more time looking for the chocolate...
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10/02/2021 12:15:07 3 0
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True, but at least that way they get a little more exercise...
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Dee
10/02/2021 16:51:06 0 0
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Or ordering it online!
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10/02/2021 11:17:43 1 2
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I had a top brand of baked beans the other day which are so much healthier than 20 years ago however bland and tasteless rubbish so I added a load of unhealthy stuff and they tasted much better. Better to die enjoying yourself than not.
36
10/02/2021 11:32:41 1 1
bbc
Baked beans are great and you can add spices, onions, garlic, chilli, tomato paste, free range egg, rice, barley, turmeric, coriander, etc to make an ordinary food extraordinary.
18
10/02/2021 11:12:58 1 10
bbc
I recall they sold dead "horse meat burgers" to locals but label says "beef".

Tesco food, vomit
37
10/02/2021 11:34:18 0 2
bbc
Sadly, the human may well sell chevaline meat from unwanted ponies and the race horses that lost, ie wastage. Humans are pitiful aren't we?
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10/02/2021 11:35:40 17 2
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I am 100% confident the UK's Covid death rate is due to obesity and the NHS policy of medication and not prevention.
Nutrition is the foundation of health yet medically and politically it is mostly ignored as can be seen by a total lack of training by medical 'experts' who know more about the actions of a statin than they do on a low GI and sat fat diet that will often be more effective.
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10/02/2021 12:13:22 11 1
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Yes well said.

And the fact that that you already got a downvote underlines the almost impossible task of turning round the obesity supertanker.
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11/02/2021 04:00:50 1 0
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100% confident the death rate from Covid is caused by obesity? One of the risk factors, but not the only one. Some people have no 'high-risk' factors yet still die.
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11/02/2021 09:28:23 0 0
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Let us hope the newly announced NHS and joined up community services will take this on board?!

A more "Holistic" approach to everything?
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10/02/2021 11:32:07 13 2
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Tesco needs to stop using chicken meat from Thailand for it's ready meals and source it from UK farms where we have higher standards.
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10/02/2021 12:10:38 3 18
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But Brexiters are all in favour of lower food standards, and it's the "will of the people".
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10/02/2021 12:12:07 3 0
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Yes agree with this one.
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10/02/2021 11:29:54 5 4
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Where is the balance in your post?. Yet again Les follows his own anti-BBC agenda...
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Les
10/02/2021 11:39:37 0 2
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Clearly any mention of capitalism is a red rag to the lunatic left?
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10/02/2021 11:28:46 2 2
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Tesco will sell whatever makes them a profit. They don't care whether it's healthy or not.
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cb
10/02/2021 11:40:33 7 1
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Tesco will sell whatever their customers buy. There are enough healthy options available, its down to what people want to purchase.
32
10/02/2021 11:29:54 5 4
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Where is the balance in your post?. Yet again Les follows his own anti-BBC agenda...
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10/02/2021 11:39:31 0 1
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I'm pretty sure that Les isn't funded through a compulsory licence fee.
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10/02/2021 12:11:03 1 0
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Neither is the BBC
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10/02/2021 11:42:56 5 1
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Supermarkets make their money by "adding value" to good wholesome natural foods. Chopping it up (so it goes off more quickly) and processing it to the point where it no longer looks anything like the natural raw material and wrapping it in fancy packaging makes profit but it isn't healthy.
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10/02/2021 11:44:18 20 0
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I find shopping at Tescos fine for healthy eating. A massive variety of fresh fruit and veg, meat, fish, cheese, other ingredients etc. at reasonable prices.

Its a matter of choice whether you eat healthily.
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Bob
10/02/2021 11:48:45 11 1
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Tesco already sells healthy food. If people don't buy it in huge numbers, what does that tell you. They don't want it.
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10/02/2021 11:48:59 4 1
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"removed more than 50 billion calories from our products"
less calories doesn't equal healthy, some of Tesco's products calorific content is so poor biscuits etc are needed to top up daily required amount.
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10/02/2021 11:06:13 3 6
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I've found that the healthy food in supermarkets are more expensive. Plant base sausages cost £2.50 a pack. I can buy cheap normal sausages for £1.
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Bob
10/02/2021 11:50:38 2 1
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Plant-based food isn't all that healthy, and is also ultra-processed food.

Eat it if you you want to save an animal and CO2. Don't eat it if you want a healthy balanced diet.
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10/02/2021 11:52:25 3 2
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People have a choice. The supermarkets should offer a choice. Then the people can chose. Freedom to the people to buy what they want.
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10/02/2021 11:09:57 8 3
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Funny that I don't see many Buy One, Get One Free deals on fruit or vegetables, but I do on cakes, biscuits and other junk food - I wonder why?

If supermarkets really wanted to help reduce obesity they should change the products in their offers!
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Bob
10/02/2021 11:53:56 6 0
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Supermarkets stopped buy one get one free on junk foods a long time ago now.

Fruit & veg is priced very cheaply. Junk food does get discounted, yes, but that's a marketing con akin to DFS sofas whereby they don't expect people to pay full price, but know they can hook you in with the discounted price.

If you'd prefer them to jack the price of fruit up only to then discount it, by all means.
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10/02/2021 11:12:58 1 10
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I recall they sold dead "horse meat burgers" to locals but label says "beef".

Tesco food, vomit
50
10/02/2021 11:54:34 2 0
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Better dead than 'live' horse meat burgers or 'live' cow burgers...is that your point?
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10/02/2021 12:14:32 0 0
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i meant naturally dead horse or dying one
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10/02/2021 11:31:05 4 8
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Everything wrapped in plastics leeching out nanoparticles and made from fossil fuels. Great.
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10/02/2021 12:00:11 1 0
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Off topic.

But you knew you would be wrong anyway....
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10/02/2021 12:01:46 5 3
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It is the use of the NHS you have the change. The NHS will not cope because the obesity epidemic is going to bring it down.
Tax people more for the use of the health services based on their lifestyle choices.
Simples
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10/02/2021 12:29:33 3 1
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Had you not noticed .. the obesity crisis is bringing the NHS down RIGHT NOW.

The NHS is effectively closed to non-COVID patients.

Of course .. after bleating about obesity for years, the medics have suddenly gone quiet. It is not the done thing to blame people for their own demise.

Yes .. there are CV19 patients who have never been obese. But they are very much the minority.
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Dee
10/02/2021 16:49:05 1 0
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If obese people do not have a job, how will you tax them?
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10/02/2021 12:03:58 17 3
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This is an absolute joke. Another step past the gates of no return to insanity & the culture of failure.

There is plenty of healthy food on sale at Tesco. When I am in a checkout queue though I notice that many peoples baskets & trolleys have lots of manufactured rubbish in. That is THEIR choice.

And the people who did that for the last 30 years are obese and are now paying a VERY HIGH price.
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10/02/2021 12:29:55 10 3
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"And the people who did that for the last 30 years are obese and are now paying a VERY HIGH price." ...

... as is the rest of society.
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10/02/2021 11:28:46 2 2
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Tesco will sell whatever makes them a profit. They don't care whether it's healthy or not.
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10/02/2021 12:09:06 1 0
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Not true at all.

Tesco make great efforts to have a good supply of fresh healthy food available. It takes more of their time and expense than stacking piles of Celebrations tins & Jammy dodgers for the wallies.

5 years or so ago, if we wanted anything "extra nice" we used to always go non-Tesco, but in fact their meat, fruit & veg have improved significantly.

You can take a horse to water ...
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10/02/2021 11:32:07 13 2
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Tesco needs to stop using chicken meat from Thailand for it's ready meals and source it from UK farms where we have higher standards.
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10/02/2021 12:10:38 3 18
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But Brexiters are all in favour of lower food standards, and it's the "will of the people".
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10/02/2021 12:15:50 11 0
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AB you really do tell some whoppers ... please provide one link implying a lowering of food standards that is planned.

Just one ... not asking much but stupid and total inaccurate statements only reveal how unintelligent you are.
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10/02/2021 12:29:05 6 0
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I've backed you on other comments today , but that generalisation of Brexiters is nonsense.
I do not know anyone, who voted to leave or remain wants lower food standards
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11/02/2021 09:40:23 0 2
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Did the majority of the population actually know what they were voting for on Brexit and the implications? Or, what the EU actually did?!
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11/02/2021 11:25:55 1 0
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Nothing to do with Brexit, it is the fact that Tesco use suppliers in Thailand who have a bad history with looking after their staff let alone the poultry which goes into their ready meals and sandwiches. A fuss was made of it a few years ago and Tesco said they were going to change providers but it didn't happen.
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10/02/2021 11:39:31 0 1
bbc
I'm pretty sure that Les isn't funded through a compulsory licence fee.
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10/02/2021 12:11:03 1 0
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Neither is the BBC
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10/02/2021 12:11:03 9 5
bbc
Can't help but get the feeling people could just buy raw ingredients at supermarkets like Tesco and learn to cook their own healthy food?

If you can't be bothered to cook and are only interested in preservative covered, high sugar, high salt, high transfats, microwave/ready meals then surely the problem lies with the individual and not the supermarket?
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11/02/2021 09:46:03 0 0
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Generations where their parents have not had the time to cook has resulted in people have forgotten how to do so, coupled with, too busy lives just to survive.

Why not recognise the "stay at home parent [either gender/group], as a "REAL" job and society to enable it, pay for it, as it is worth?!
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10/02/2021 10:53:06 3 2
bbc
Selling healthier food is fine, although I suspect that if more people buy more unhealthy food their stance will change.

Pricing will also help decide how successful the idea is- healthy food is usually much more expensive and that for some is the ultimate decider of what they buy.
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10/02/2021 12:11:05 2 1
bbc
Healthy food is NOT more expensive .. BUT it does take longer to prepare at home.

Lazy, lazy, lazy.

And all the rubbish in cheap sugary food makes you even lazier.
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11/02/2021 09:10:09 0 0
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Seriously. Healthy food is not more expensive at all. You could feed a family of four a bean stew...Canned Tomotoes, Garlic, Onion, some peppers, a few diced carrots/celery/ and kidney beans for less than a packaged microwave meal for one.

All you need is a little olive oil to cook of the onions, garlic and peppers. Too difficult for lazy funkers!
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10/02/2021 11:32:07 13 2
bbc
Tesco needs to stop using chicken meat from Thailand for it's ready meals and source it from UK farms where we have higher standards.
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10/02/2021 12:12:07 3 0
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Yes agree with this one.
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10/02/2021 11:35:40 17 2
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I am 100% confident the UK's Covid death rate is due to obesity and the NHS policy of medication and not prevention.
Nutrition is the foundation of health yet medically and politically it is mostly ignored as can be seen by a total lack of training by medical 'experts' who know more about the actions of a statin than they do on a low GI and sat fat diet that will often be more effective.
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10/02/2021 12:13:22 11 1
bbc
Yes well said.

And the fact that that you already got a downvote underlines the almost impossible task of turning round the obesity supertanker.
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10/02/2021 11:54:34 2 0
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Better dead than 'live' horse meat burgers or 'live' cow burgers...is that your point?
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10/02/2021 12:14:32 0 0
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i meant naturally dead horse or dying one
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10/02/2021 11:32:00 1 2
bbc
Removing chocolate from prominent positions simply means people spend more time looking for the chocolate...
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10/02/2021 12:15:07 3 0
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True, but at least that way they get a little more exercise...
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10/02/2021 11:10:34 4 6
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I despair with British food. Aisles and aisles of crisps and sweets and cakes. I say tax the bad stuff, and make home economics compulsory in state schools, so people can learn how to make healthy food for less money than junk food.
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10/02/2021 12:15:30 2 0
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Supermarkets are much the same everywhere.

Even in Italy there is a lot of junk food for sale.

Laziness in food preparation is a global phenomenon.
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Dee
10/02/2021 17:12:57 0 0
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Agreed. However, people overeat or eat the wrong foods for a variety of reasons other than just laziness eg tiredness, comfort/emotional eating, bad habits, stress, ignorance.
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10/02/2021 12:10:38 3 18
bbc
But Brexiters are all in favour of lower food standards, and it's the "will of the people".
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10/02/2021 12:15:50 11 0
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AB you really do tell some whoppers ... please provide one link implying a lowering of food standards that is planned.

Just one ... not asking much but stupid and total inaccurate statements only reveal how unintelligent you are.
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10/02/2021 12:16:04 25 1
bbc
The stock of healthy food at my local Tesco is always sufficient to meet my shopping list.

The problem is the media always making out that ‘junk food’ and ‘fast food’ is cheap food. It’s not!
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11/02/2021 03:56:10 2 1
bbc
Agreed. I'm fed up with people telling me they can't afford fruit and veg. yet pilling up their trollies with ready meals, crisps, frozen pizzas etc. They have offers on every week which change regularly. Some of these people can't be bothered to cook a proper meal either.
The days of the 'local boozer' were numbered long before Covid cam along. The market was already changing so that if pubs didn't offer a restaurant service, offer craft beers and vegan options, or cater to the whims of hipsters then they were not going survive. Removed
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10/02/2021 11:29:52 0 4
bbc
Take out the red meat. Stop pesticides for fruit as that is unhealthy fruit, nuts too. Use grain that are not GM, dump sugar foods. Doesn't leave much. Stop the misery of factory farming which cannot be producing healthy food as the animals are eating the wrong foods and not getting enough air and light. Reduce human population massively.
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10/02/2021 12:16:55 3 2
bbc
"Reduce human population massively."

Did Pol Pot spend some time in Devon back in the 70s ?
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10/02/2021 11:12:58 62 5
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If YOU constantly eat unhealthy foods and don' t exercise YOU will become obese.

With a knock on effect to the NHS

Take some ownership of your life and stop blaming everyone else
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10/02/2021 12:17:37 21 1
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Quite, Tesco has a vast array of healthy options already to choose from.

ShareAction seems like a political organisation to me with an agenda.....

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ShareAction
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10/02/2021 12:22:23 4 0
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Well said.
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11/02/2021 07:15:25 1 0
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I'm surprised they haven't called themselves a "Commission" on something or other the usual lefty way of making them sound important.
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11/02/2021 11:25:56 0 0
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12 freezer cabinets in my local small Tesco. Five of these are for ice cream.......fat + sugar..........also an 'aisle of death' with chocolate, packet snack 'foods', biscuits crisps, etc., this in a shop with effectively 5 aisles. It happens to be high-margin 'food' so is that enough for Tesco? They're slowly killing their own customers!
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10/02/2021 11:06:13 3 6
bbc
I've found that the healthy food in supermarkets are more expensive. Plant base sausages cost £2.50 a pack. I can buy cheap normal sausages for £1.
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10/02/2021 12:20:21 1 1
bbc
Healthy food is never going to be the absolute cheapest.

And there is little correlation between healthiness & price of food.

Cheap sausages are full of rubbish. Tescos finest sausages are EXCELLENT and are pretty reasonable .. unless you spend all your food budget on alcohol .. then I can see your problem.

:-D
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10/02/2021 10:59:58 1 5
bbc
All most of these outfits care about is money and hoodwinking the public in to believing that they're great value. Since when did some moral ethics ever come in to play? Obesity and gluttony...nothing changes.
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10/02/2021 12:21:59 3 0
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Absolute rot.

Supermarkets are among the best run businesses out there.

No they are not perfect, but 99% of the time they do a good job.
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TT
10/02/2021 12:22:14 14 3
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plant based meat alternatives are not a "healthy alternative"! This is just jumping on the trendy vegan bandwagon.
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10/02/2021 12:24:42 1 15
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How do you know that they are not a healthy alternative?
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VoR
10/02/2021 13:09:58 2 2
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Firstly, you probably aren't aware of the full range of alternatives. Secondly, I doubt you have much peer reviewed science to support your assertion. Thirdly, the "trendy vegan bandwagon" is actually based on science. Both climate science and nutrition/medical science.

Sure, there's a lot of quackery in the industry, but the basic premise is well founded.
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11/02/2021 09:30:06 0 0
bbc
No it isn't!

It is necessary to reduce the effect on the planet of eating too much meat and the damage farming of it causes the planet globally.
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10/02/2021 12:17:37 21 1
bbc
Quite, Tesco has a vast array of healthy options already to choose from.

ShareAction seems like a political organisation to me with an agenda.....

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ShareAction
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10/02/2021 12:22:23 4 0
bbc
Well said.
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TT
10/02/2021 12:22:14 14 3
bbc
plant based meat alternatives are not a "healthy alternative"! This is just jumping on the trendy vegan bandwagon.
73
10/02/2021 12:24:42 1 15
bbc
How do you know that they are not a healthy alternative?
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10/02/2021 12:47:32 2 0
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Heavily processed foods like those vegan meals are generally unhealthy as they put a lot salt, fat & carbohydrate in there. What's wrong with buying from the green grocery section and making your own ?
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10/02/2021 10:53:24 2 18
bbc
Disgusting Tesco food, so BAD for years

poor brits who do not even notice this as they get used to BAD food.....such as artificially processed meat, horrified
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10/02/2021 12:25:33 0 0
bbc
Yep .. Tesco have to up their game on the dog meat front.

Woof.
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10/02/2021 12:27:06 0 5
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So the carp government can do one easy thing which is to make traffic symbols on processed food mandatory; it will take time but people will gradually move to less bad alternatives. It's not a solution just one step along the path. However food companies lobby our weak & easily corrupted governments so that this simple thing is still not law...
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Dee
10/02/2021 16:04:29 0 0
bbc
I’m sure this will be noticed by the customers in the local chicken shop! Yeah, I better check the mandatory traffic label on my greasy burger & chips before I shovel them in my mouth.
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10/02/2021 12:10:38 3 18
bbc
But Brexiters are all in favour of lower food standards, and it's the "will of the people".
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10/02/2021 12:29:05 6 0
bbc
I've backed you on other comments today , but that generalisation of Brexiters is nonsense.
I do not know anyone, who voted to leave or remain wants lower food standards
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10/02/2021 12:01:46 5 3
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It is the use of the NHS you have the change. The NHS will not cope because the obesity epidemic is going to bring it down.
Tax people more for the use of the health services based on their lifestyle choices.
Simples
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10/02/2021 12:29:33 3 1
bbc
Had you not noticed .. the obesity crisis is bringing the NHS down RIGHT NOW.

The NHS is effectively closed to non-COVID patients.

Of course .. after bleating about obesity for years, the medics have suddenly gone quiet. It is not the done thing to blame people for their own demise.

Yes .. there are CV19 patients who have never been obese. But they are very much the minority.
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VoR
10/02/2021 13:11:34 1 0
bbc
Nothing like it will do though. There's increasingly obese cohorts who represent a timebomb for when they start reaching the ages where health issues become more prevalent in general.
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10/02/2021 12:03:58 17 3
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This is an absolute joke. Another step past the gates of no return to insanity & the culture of failure.

There is plenty of healthy food on sale at Tesco. When I am in a checkout queue though I notice that many peoples baskets & trolleys have lots of manufactured rubbish in. That is THEIR choice.

And the people who did that for the last 30 years are obese and are now paying a VERY HIGH price.
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10/02/2021 12:29:55 10 3
bbc
"And the people who did that for the last 30 years are obese and are now paying a VERY HIGH price." ...

... as is the rest of society.
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10/02/2021 12:30:35 4 4
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It is greedy eating nothing less. Just watch the type of people what they are filling their trolleys with. We got to a point where you can not even call them out. They say it is fat shaming. The NHS will fail because of obesity related illnesses. Farming and food account for about a third of global greenhouse gas production at present.
So I'm sorry but it is not a private matter anymore
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10/02/2021 12:32:14 3 1
bbc
Maybe these investors could also push for all packaging used on products sold in Tesco are recyclable. This would a great step for us and future generation. Tesco has such buying power and could easily bring this in. All UK governments have failed to push this policy. What a great coup for Tesco if it did actually implemented this.
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10/02/2021 12:32:53 10 1
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and if Tesco caves into this pressure, the individuals will just shop elsewhere.

When will these organisation focus their efforts where the problem comes from.
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Dee
10/02/2021 15:51:20 3 0
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Agreed. They would also order more fast food online than normal. The people most in need of nutritional food just don’t buy it & this mainly, white, middle class, charity needs to stop criticising supermarkets when the problem lies with the customers.
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11/02/2021 09:38:15 0 0
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It is not just Tesco which needs to change.

A massive shift is necessary all round.

From food to packaging to education on nutrition and lifestyle choices and prices to make the products which are good for people and the planet cheaper and the the ones which are not, more expensive and taxed more heavily.
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10/02/2021 12:36:26 9 2
bbc
'Investors' want Tesco to help solve the obesity problem. Should be fairly simple. Put all the so-called junk food, snacks & sweets as far away from the front door as possible, perhaps even up two flights of stairs, & make the fatties walk to get them if they want. One bit of exercise is better than no exercise.
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Dee
10/02/2021 16:39:22 2 0
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I don’t think these people are investors. They are a politically orientated, lobbying charity.
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PH
10/02/2021 12:37:11 27 1
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Walked into my local Tesco. First thing I see is Fruit & Veg. There are low fat and healthy options everywhere, even a whole section of healthy choice ready meals. It isn’t the Supermarkets, it peoples lifestyle choices that need to change
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10/02/2021 16:39:55 8 0
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Low fat is not a 'healthy' food. That old lie has long gone out of fashion when they were found out to be flat wrong.
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10/02/2021 17:35:30 0 0
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Healthy 'options'. Such as? There should only be one definition of healthy and that is anything in its raw state that hasnt been refined, modified or adulterated in some way especially in a factory.
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10/02/2021 12:43:32 14 1
bbc
You could fill 90% of the shelves in ANY supermarket, with what experts would consider 'healthy food' but the busiest aisles will still be the one with the 10% still on them. It's not the seller that should dictate what people should eat.......if people want to buy it, then they will sell it- if they don't they won't. This is basic economics, and government propaganda doesn't pay their bills
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VoR
10/02/2021 13:04:27 2 5
bbc
But food standards can easily change the picture.

Alternatively the gov't could place heavy taxes on unhealthy foods to help direct more of the cost of healthcare provision towards those more likely to be causing the costs to be incurred.

I have a family member who needs unhealthy food (high fat and salt), so it wouldn't work out well for me personally, but for the nation it would be a positive.
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10/02/2021 12:24:42 1 15
bbc
How do you know that they are not a healthy alternative?
85
10/02/2021 12:47:32 2 0
bbc
Heavily processed foods like those vegan meals are generally unhealthy as they put a lot salt, fat & carbohydrate in there. What's wrong with buying from the green grocery section and making your own ?
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sci
10/02/2021 12:52:04 0 3
bbc
No 1% milk or low-fat/-sugar/-salt versions of various products at Tesco for a year, supposedly because they told manufacturers to concentrate on basic staples & reduce product range in midst of panic-buying. They also removed multi-buy discounts to stem problem, they said. Issues supposed to have resolved, but lower-calorie options haven't resurfaced, nor discounts on our staples, yet KitKat is!
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10/02/2021 12:52:54 9 1
bbc
More meat and veg less sugar.
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10/02/2021 12:53:05 17 0
bbc
I've shopped almost entirely in my local Tesco for the past year, and have enjoyed very healthy food. The problem is that many customers insist on buying unhealthy rubbish, and if Tesco stopped stocking that, they'd just shop elsewhere. Supermarkets can't be blamed for everything!
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jay
10/02/2021 13:53:59 10 1
bbc
Off course they can and the BBC will make sure the story is printed no matter how stupid the argument is.
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10/02/2021 11:29:46 7 0
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what about food banks? plenty FAT food on offer.
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10/02/2021 12:57:04 3 1
bbc
I'm shocked by the amount of junk food supplied by food banks, but in fairness they are constrained by what foods are donated to them, and also by what their clients will accept.
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Dee
10/02/2021 16:55:59 0 0
bbc
When I donate to food banks, I normally give tea, coffee, long life or nut milk, canned fish & canned fruit in fruit juice (not syrup).
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jay
10/02/2021 17:24:10 2 0
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Foodbanks are constrained by what they can store and what their customers will take. Broccoli fails on the storage and desirability stakes.
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11/02/2021 09:41:54 0 0
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I live in a rural community and the food banks/larders are not stocked with junk food.
Perhaps the word "rural" might be a key here?
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10/02/2021 12:58:29 9 2
bbc
I think correct labelling, education and getting rid of misleading advertising on packaging (i..e labelled as low fat but piled high in sugar) is far more important to let people make an informed choice and take personal responsibility of what they eat.
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Dee
10/02/2021 15:38:38 1 0
bbc
You don’t see many people in supermarkets checking the labelling, advertising or packaging or even calories or carbs as too many people in this country choose convenience and price over taste, quality & nutritional value. There are many other reasons why people eat what they do eg comfort eating, a treat, laziness, too busy or tired, or they just don’t care.
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10/02/2021 16:51:31 1 0
bbc
Low fat was a lie. Nothing wrong with fat. The sugar was increased directly in response as replacement bulk to the lies about fat! But do not worry, there is not a thing bad about sugar either.
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10/02/2021 12:43:32 14 1
bbc
You could fill 90% of the shelves in ANY supermarket, with what experts would consider 'healthy food' but the busiest aisles will still be the one with the 10% still on them. It's not the seller that should dictate what people should eat.......if people want to buy it, then they will sell it- if they don't they won't. This is basic economics, and government propaganda doesn't pay their bills
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VoR
10/02/2021 13:04:27 2 5
bbc
But food standards can easily change the picture.

Alternatively the gov't could place heavy taxes on unhealthy foods to help direct more of the cost of healthcare provision towards those more likely to be causing the costs to be incurred.

I have a family member who needs unhealthy food (high fat and salt), so it wouldn't work out well for me personally, but for the nation it would be a positive.
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10/02/2021 16:57:51 3 0
bbc
There are no unhealthy foods. None at all. Nor does any form of processing make any difference be it in a factory or in the home. Neither fat nor sugar are bad or unhealthy. Stop believing the lies of foody obsessive faddists.
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11/02/2021 03:57:23 1 0
bbc
'Needs' unhealthy food. Total rubbish.
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TT
10/02/2021 12:22:14 14 3
bbc
plant based meat alternatives are not a "healthy alternative"! This is just jumping on the trendy vegan bandwagon.
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VoR
10/02/2021 13:09:58 2 2
bbc
Firstly, you probably aren't aware of the full range of alternatives. Secondly, I doubt you have much peer reviewed science to support your assertion. Thirdly, the "trendy vegan bandwagon" is actually based on science. Both climate science and nutrition/medical science.

Sure, there's a lot of quackery in the industry, but the basic premise is well founded.
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Dee
10/02/2021 16:43:33 1 0
bbc
You should check the labels of these vegan processed meals in your supermarket. They’re loaded with salt, fat & carbs to make them taste better.
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10/02/2021 13:10:21 3 7
bbc
The UK population was comparatively the healthiest its ever been under rationing during WWII....

So if the Gov want to fight obesity why not engage with the likes of Hello Fresh or Gusto & distribute meal boxes to those on benefits

Reduce cash benefit payments so they cant buy rubbish, creates jobs in the supply chain & distribution and reduces food waste, obesity & food miles?
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10/02/2021 16:49:42 2 0
bbc
Rich middle class overpriced junk in food box cons, probably best not to support or encourage.

It would be thrown out as inedible. Rightly.
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10/02/2021 11:09:57 8 3
bbc
Funny that I don't see many Buy One, Get One Free deals on fruit or vegetables, but I do on cakes, biscuits and other junk food - I wonder why?

If supermarkets really wanted to help reduce obesity they should change the products in their offers!
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10/02/2021 13:11:14 0 0
bbc
It's simple. Promotions are mostly funded by manufacturers from their marketing budgets. The supermarkets only rarely fund them themselves. Fruit and veg generally comes from individual farmers who don't have these budgets, hence the lack of promotional prices.

BTW, Tesco used to be ruthless with suppliers, demanding funding when they wanted to run promotions whether suppliers agreed or not
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10/02/2021 12:29:33 3 1
bbc
Had you not noticed .. the obesity crisis is bringing the NHS down RIGHT NOW.

The NHS is effectively closed to non-COVID patients.

Of course .. after bleating about obesity for years, the medics have suddenly gone quiet. It is not the done thing to blame people for their own demise.

Yes .. there are CV19 patients who have never been obese. But they are very much the minority.
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VoR
10/02/2021 13:11:34 1 0
bbc
Nothing like it will do though. There's increasingly obese cohorts who represent a timebomb for when they start reaching the ages where health issues become more prevalent in general.
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10/02/2021 13:11:35 1 8
bbc
Alongside government raising taxes for the very unhealthy and importantly subsidising the healthy they can also implement an environmental/patriotism angle where healthy foods that are not transported great distances are given priority for subsidy.

Those kind of policies could; help the poor, help our health/NHS, help local producers and the environment!
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10/02/2021 11:08:11 52 4
bbc
How about some personal responsibility?

No one is shoving any kind of food into your mouth.
It's always someone else's fault for people becoming obese.

We do not want a Nanny state
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10/02/2021 13:15:55 1 0
bbc
we have already got one!
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10/02/2021 13:22:51 21 0
bbc
They do sell healthy food. Some people just don't buy it...
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10/02/2021 13:27:52 0 7
bbc
tescos rely on selling vast amount of products that are sugary and processed. Take a look next time your in store. Tescos have a moral obligation to provide more healthy options and banish all the other rubbish............that i wouldn't feed to my pet rat.
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Dee
10/02/2021 16:07:43 2 0
bbc
You don’t have to shop there. Shop elsewhere. If there’s no demand for healthy options & they don’t sell, why should they provide them?
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jay
10/02/2021 13:51:27 4 0
bbc
There r people who would not touch a vegetable if it was free. Trying to change eating habits by not selling the food means those that want junk food will just goto a different shop or order online so they dont even get the exercise of going shopping. Tax unhealthy food then people cant afford it. No wait then Tesco are charging too much and its unfair to the poor. Always the supermarkets fault.