Too Much Fruit? How About Too Many Quavers?!

17 Jun


Excuse me while I rant a little.

I’m the proud mummy of the beautiful little girl in the picture – she is 15 months old and her name is Aspen.  There are some things everyone knows about Aspen: one being that she is the smiliest baby you can imagine, and another being that she eats anything and everything and loves fruit.

Today, we were in a cafe and she was eating some fruit after her lunch – a mix of kiwi, banana and apple.

On the next table, a stranger with her own two children, who were eating not one but two packets of Quavers each.

Out of nowhere, this woman decided to lean over towards me and warn me against allowing my daughter to eat too much fruit, “because it’s full of sugar you know”.

Oh, really?

I’m not in the habit of writing blog posts about random annoyances, but this exchange seemed to me to be pretty typical of the way some people view healthy eating.

We gotta have some perspective, guys.

Is fruit sweet?  Of course.  Full of natural sugars?  Yes.  Should you make sure the fibre from fruit is balanced by fat intake?  Definitely.

But this is just one example of how some people focus on criticising healthy food options while excusing unhealthy ones.

The lady today, for example, had fed her children the two packets of Quavers each as their lunch, while my daughter had had a homemade lunch of Moroccan lamb with cous cous, followed by a selection of fruit.

It doesn’t take a genius to work out which diet wins on every nutritional issue.

This woman is representative of the people who eat crisps every lunch time but worry about switching to nuts because, well, “aren’t they kind of fattening?”

Or the people who I tell to switch just half of their oven chips at dinner for a warm salad who say “avocado has a lot of calories, right?”

Can I get something straight right now?  Healthy eating does not mean that you starve yourself of calories and avoid all sources of fat.  Not all sugars are bad.

So please, don’t fall into the trap of defending unhealthy food choices by attacking the healthier options available.

And if you see a woman feeding her children multiple packets of crisps as a meal, you better not be eating a banana!

Comments?  Questions?  Let me know what you think below:


4 Responses to “Too Much Fruit? How About Too Many Quavers?!”

  1. Tara June 17, 2010 at 8:46 pm #

    WOW…people are crazy!!! and yet sadly, I’ve seen it first hand here too….
    and yep Aspen is the most smiliest baby 🙂
    ❤ xx

    • Katie Williams June 17, 2010 at 8:51 pm #

      Thank you Tara!
      Hope you are all ok 🙂

  2. Jillybean June 18, 2010 at 8:04 am #

    Katie as a Mum to two wonderful and fast growing children – I absolutely LOVE that blog post 🙂 I have spent years being ridiculed by other mums about their lunch boxes and dinners!!!! But you know what – these people say these things because they feel threatened that we have the knowledge and the desire to make the right choices!

    Go mum power!!!!

    Jill x

    • Katie Williams June 18, 2010 at 1:26 pm #

      Thanks Jill!

      And I think you are so right about some people being threatened – that’s a very good point! And very sad..

      Hope you are doing great!


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