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Food for thought

IT’S BEEN long said that ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day.’ And there are many clichés ’Go to work on an egg’ and ’breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.’ All good advice, but it seems we might be eating like a king all too often.

As a nation, we’re having too much of what we fancy not only at breakfast but at every meal - making bad choices about the food we eat. A high fat, high calorie and high sugar diet is making us sick. I’m not suggesting we abandon the great Scottish breakfast or ditch the black pudding, haggis or Lorne sausage, but when it comes to what our kids are eating there’s definitely room for improvement. According to Food Standards Scotland half of all the sugar we eat comes from treats like biscuits, cakes and sugary drinks. A quarter of Scots think it’s okay to reward children with chocolates, sweets and biscuits. There’s no hiding from the evidence - the Food Standards Agency report, The Scottish Diet: It Needs to Change, published in 2015 also showed 32% of P1 children had obvious dental decay and around one-third of Scottish children are overweight or obese. Recent healthy eating campaigns reveal nothing has changed.

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November Edition 2016 issue Number 23 The one with Nicola and Saltire 2020 Vision A bumper 116 pages choc full of the best of Scottish writers today. Robbie Dinwoodie - Ben Thomson - The Legacy Alyn Smith MEP - A conference update - Focused David Bowman Interview - Les Huckfield - ex Labour MP "It's Labour for me... but not in Scotland" David James Hood - A perfect storm Jason Michael Mc Cann - The Alex Salmond Interview Will McLeod - How disasters look good ...on paper Wee Ginger Dug - They're all so pretty vacant Derek Bateman - Doing Middle Class Tom Morton - Sticky Aberdeen - the New Birmingham? Dr Steve McCabe - Fit to Lead? Tom Morton - Scotch and Spirit Jennifer Harper Feature - Simon Community Scotland Mary Edward - Short Story - The Gift Grouse Beater - Investigating Gorbal's boy Alan Pinkerton PI Rachel Gillon - Food for thought Zoe Weir - Glasgow Tobacco Barons Peter A Bell - Forget Darien, this is the bigee - The Madness of Men David McVey - Short Story - A Nation Decides Major Bloodnok - Agony Aunt - He knows, you know