Rachel's Blog: Random Diet Testing

Fri, 10 Feb 2006

I spent a large part of yesterday driving from one side of greater Melbourne to the other to attend various meetings. By early evening I was so hungry I did something I have only done once before in the last ten years - bought fries at a McDonalds' drive through. So I drove home, scoffing salty evilness, and felt exceedingly guilty. (Also, but not relevant, I was grossed out by the new packaging which is all greeny. I suppose it is to promote their new faux-healthy salady image, but it just made me look more intently at each chip for signs of mould.)

However I did not feel the full depth and intensity of my contribution to global warming, littering, youth slavery and heart attacks until I came to the police breath-testing bus. "Now they've got me," I thought, "I've been sprung eating junk food."

Fortunately I had a zero blood alcohol level, so they let me off this time.

But the man in the green car ahead of me? "I'm sorry sir, you seem to have absorbed an excess of saturated fats today. Please step out of your vehicle and consume this carrot."

And the P-plater in the van behind? "Ma'am, your iron levels are quite low. Here's a ticket for red meat at your next meal and please take this spinach juice with our compliments."

Of course lives will be saved this way. Free jelly beans for people with low-blood sugar! Imagine the positive PR for the police force.

Comment by toby on Sun, 12 Feb 2006

It's a fallacy that spinach is high in iron. The popularly believed measurement overestimates the iron content of spinach by an order of magnitude due to a misplaced decimal point.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spinach

Comment by michael on Mon, 13 Feb 2006

Diet, environmental and other disasters
Well done Toby for spotting, correcting and stopping the perpetuation of this obvious blunder.
Is somebody prepared to tackle the others: littering, youth slavery and heart attacks?
I've tried to unpack health/ diet further and ventured into global warming / ecological footprint.

Overall, the piece demonstrates insufficient knowledge combined with laziness to conduct research into nutritional aspects (suggesting jelly beans with food colourings and artificial flavourings to combat blood sugar levels rather than consuming natural foods such as raw nuts/seeds or dried fruits for people with allergies)and the lack of consideration for the resulting dental damage. The apparent concern for global warming sits uneasily with the use of a petrol run car rather than a solar/ muscle powered alternative or public transport while the fundamental issue of superiority of face to face meetings over web cameras and video conferencing / telepresencing has not even been raised.
The aforementioned superficialities and the thinly veiled self-righteousness could be excused if the humour of the piece would be strong enough to carry a message.

Comment by Richard on Mon, 13 Feb 2006

My word, Michael, are you *that* deprived of attention?

Comment by Richard on Mon, 13 Feb 2006

Toby, thanks for the link about spinach. I was still in the "full of iron" camp, for lack of any advice to the contrary. Ah, wikipedia, is there anything you don't know? :)

Comment by Michael on Mon, 13 Feb 2006

I'm trying to assist a budding writer to improve her skills by giving sensible feedback as I see some potential.
Hope to meet her in person at C 4.
No more help from me until then!

Comment by Rachel on Mon, 13 Feb 2006

Michael, this is a light comedic piece of writing. To include all the environmentally positive suggestions you make would have killed it of all humour.

"[G]lobal warming, littering, youth slavery and heart attacks" was a reference to the McLibel trial. Too subtle?