We all have foods that are our little indulgence; a packet of chips, an occasional donut or even a hot dog every so often.
Nutritionists are always telling us that we should have a balanced diet and that a little bit of everything is the way to go.
The problem with our little indulgences is that they are now becoming a big problem for our health generally. They are readily available and we are eating and drinking them way more than we used to or should be.
According to a recent blog on Babble, potato chips have single handedly contributed more to the increase in obesity worldwide than any other food or drink. This is interesting because they are not sweet, but it is very easy to eat more than the recommended serving size and this has created the problem.
To get the flavour and texture that we crave in these foods, some ingredients are included in the ingredient lists that are causing us problems. The amount of sugar and salt in many processed foods are major health issues when you consider how much of these foods are being consumed worldwide.
There are moves across the world to remove much of the salt and this will be helpful, but only if the size of the serves is also reduced.
The amount of huge serves that are now being offered in fast food chains is also part of the overall problem.
At the end of the day though, it is all about choice – our choice. It does not matter what laws the government sets, or what size serves businesses present or even what ingredients are in our food, it is ultimately our choice what and how much we put in our mouths.