Lytham's recipe for proper coleslaw reminded me to have a rant about something I noticed during my recent visit back to the UK.
It seems "food" manufacturers now have even greater liberty to obfuscate the contents of their products, and I suspect a lot of people are buying these things blissfully unaware that they're buying unhealthy rubbish.
- A hotel I stayed at had a selection of rustic-looking yoghurt pots at breakfast, branded Something-or-other Farm with the standard bucolic landscape picture on the front. The ingredients were: sugar, water, glucose syrup, sweetened condensed skimmed milk, butter oil, modified starch, flavouring. In no sense is this yoghurt. It's barely even dairy. Why is it branded as such?
- All dairy products are now low-fat as standard. You might see 'skimmed' or 'low-fat' in tiny, tiny letters somewhere, but you generally have to look at the fat content to find out. I accidentally bought a bottle of Arla-branded milk that turned out to be skimmed, and in one particular supermarket I could find only one yoghurt on the shelf that was (a) actual yoghurt and (b) full-fat. All of the others - dozens of different types - were either completely fake, or low-fat.
- It is now legal to brand low-fat Greek Yoghurt as "real Greek yoghurt". Look guys, if it's low fat, it isn't real Greek yoghurt. I'm not sure what it is - mizithra? - but it isn't Greek yoghurt.
- My mum accidentally bought a pot of coleslaw that turned out to be low fat (although to be fair, in this case, she just didn't read the label). What do they use instead of fat? Sugar, guar gum, and xanthan gum. Delicious. Not.
If you must buy things in pots, read the labels carefully. Or even better, don't support these shysters with your hard-earned cash.