Hugh Fearnely-Whittingstall on being a fussy eater;  gut health;  affordable healthy meals

Hugh Fearnely-Whittingstall on being a fussy eater; gut health; affordable healthy meals

River Cottage’s Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall talks to Kate about being a fussy eater; eating healthier to manage gut and mental health and encouraging food education to shop and eat healthier.

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HUGH FEARNLEY-WHITTINGSTALL: I mean, I have to say, I was a pretty fussy kid. There were things I couldn’t get close to growing up. Mushrooms again– I was terrified someone would try to get me to eat a mushroom. I just couldn’t go near them. And even tomatoes actually. I had no problem with ketchup and slurped it out of the bottle. But the idea of ​​a sliced ​​tomato. But of course they didn’t taste much at the time.

The biggest choice I want everyone to have is to be able to cook, to actually have the skills to put an affordable meal on the table using affordable ingredients that will bring us some joy and keep our families healthy and well. I find it very interesting that the conversation about healthy food has come to focus a lot on gut feeling.

It’s not a word everyone loves to bandy about, but it’s so important now. And there’s a very fascinating piece of science that’s emerging on how much of our well-being depends on things going well in the middle of the belly. Not just our physical health, but our mental health.

If you can’t cook a healthy meal because– if you’re on a really tight budget, it’s going to– and you just want to get some energy in your family, then you’re going to go for cheap calories. And cheap calories tend not to be the healthiest calories. And that’s a conversation that politicians often try to deflect by saying, ah, but it’s about personal choices.

You know, the food you choose, we can’t tell people what to eat. We cannot be the nanny state. But really the problem is that big companies are telling people what to eat. And it tells them to eat foods that are not good for them. And it offers them unhealthy food at very cheap prices.


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