Food for thought
Food for thought
According to the Health boffins we are supposed to eat 5 pieces of fruit per day, right? How many people manage to do that, day after day, I certainly don’t I eat a banana every evening, love it mashed on toast for supper, but that’s it. When I go to the supermarket I pass the fruit stall and see all this fare piled high, plums, apples, oranges of all varieties plus stuff from far away. I ‘m overcome with conscience and buy grapes and pears etc promising myself I will eat five a day, but for some reason I just never seem to find the moment, I’m not hungry, or I haven’t the time, but TBH I just don’t fancy it, so my fruit tends to quietly moulder in the fruit bowl and guiltily bin it.
I have a good breakfast of cereal with oats and dried mixed fruit, so hopefully, with my banana I’m part way to my five a day.
But it got me wondering how we managed to stay healthy during the war, when fruit was a luxury apart from the lucky people who had access to orchards, and that was only apples. no such thing as grapes or pomegranates. I lived in the suburbs of Glasgow and can recall crates of apples being delivered to school from Canada, I don’t remember how often maybe twice in a year, I can still taste them, lovely. I can also recall tasting my first banana, which my brother brought home when on leave, and recall standing by the fence showing it to our neighbour, that too I can still taste, maybe it’s why I still like bananas it was the first fruit I ate apart from an apple, it seemed so exotic. I was at the dentist on Tuesday for a check up and had a small filling, the doctor commented on the fact I still have all but one of my teeth at 73, so perhaps there was something to be said for the wartime diet, despite the lack of five a day.
On another note, I’d always wondered if the acid in apples was bad for teeth, and read not so long ago if you eat an apple, or any other acid fruit you shouldn’t brush your teeth for at least an hour as it softens the enamel, preferably should rinse out your mouth. Food for thought.