So I'm taking a break from pondering what on earth is going to happen next on the riveting Criminal Justice series currently screening on BBC1 (check here if you haven't seen it - although maybe don't, unless you have 2 hours to sit and be glued to the first 2 episodes as you play catch-up on i-player) to ponder the lies we tell ourselves about food.
Myth 1: If nobody sees me eat, it doesn't count. For example, a friend of a friend will eat a bar of chocolate at the same time every day. She does this standing up and with her head in the cupboard - even if she's alone in the house.
Myth 2: If it comes off the children's plate, it can't be that bad for me. In fact, if it comes out of the pan that contains the leftover pasta with creme-fraiche, smoked trout and steamed veggies that they didn't eat, it can't be that bad for me. Even if I am going out for dinner later. (Note to self: stop making food for my kids that I like...)
Myth 3: It's better to eat more natural full-fat butter than the chemically messed-about-with alternatives. Well, this one is true actually (or at least it is in my alternative reality) but only if you eat them with caution. As in, not on top of a digestive biscuit, for example. Of course that - putting butter on top of an organic digestive biscuit and then topping it with, say, cheddar cheese - would be madness in itself. Who would do such a thing?
Myth 4: If it's organic, then it can't be bad for you. Possibly true when applied to vegetables. Not true when applied to chocolate. Or digestive biscuits.
Myth 5: Skipping dinner because you had a big lunch is a good idea. True - until you find yourself stuffing down toast (slathered, of course, with the devil of Myth 3 - butter) at 10pm because you are now starving hungry...
Myth 6: There is no sugar in bran flakes. (Apart from the 20% of them that is only sugar, of course).
Do you have any to add?