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Most NZ supermarket packaged food UNHEALTHY

The research conducted by Auckland University analysed the content of more than 23,000 packaged food and drink items, which had nutrition details on the pack, at supermarkets across Australasia.

“This study proves if New Zealand wants to lift the health of its citizens, better information needs to be provided.” –Sue Chetwin, Consumer CE

supermarket cart

### NZ Herald Online 5:00 AM Sunday Apr 12, 2015
Most food misses mark
By Matthew Theunissen – Herald on Sunday
More than half of the packaged food in our supermarkets is unhealthy. New research reveals that even what we think is good for us is often saturated in sugar, salt and fats. Only one third of dairy, meat and bread products could be described as healthy, the Auckland University research concluded. And even packaged fruit and vegetables failed to meet health standards 29 per cent of the time. The study’s authors say the findings of so few healthy choices among our staples is a concern for a nation battling obesity issues. They want a health star rating system introduced, a move backed by Consumer New Zealand, which claims the Government is turning a blind eye to obesity.
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Healthy options
• Seafood: 84 per cent
• Soups, pizzas, ready meals: 80 per cent
• Fruit and veg: 71 per cent
• Cereal: 60 per cent
• Bread and bakery: 29 per cent
• Meat: 23 per cent
• Sauces, spreads: 20 per cent
• Snacks: 12 per cent

– Per cent that meets health standards.

Healthy Foods [thecardiacclinic.co.nz]

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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This takes the cake

I hope you will excuse the pun, but the latest in the continuing saga of ‘a letter a day to the ODT’, we are told that we shouldn’t build a new stadium because there is a virtual (what not real?) obesity epidemic, thus to watch sport instead of playing it is a ‘folly’.

Excuse me while I burn a few calories laughing myself silly. My god people are ontoloerably stupid or what. With all due respect to G R MacDonald there is overwhelming evidence that watching quality sports encourages participation. It was going to QEII stadium with my dad in the mid 70s to watch quality football which gave me the inspiration to take up the game (which has now lasted 35 years).

I’ve been more than tollerant of the ODT publishing all manner of rubbish over the stadium, but this is simply taking the piss. Either the ODT is being exceedingly generous with it’s column space for these folk, or they are playing an astute game of ‘give them enough rope’.

Mind numbingly stupid. What next Noro virus or rising sea levels?

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