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Frida Westergård

New year, a new decade, new hopes

What pre­dic­tions for the past year flipped and flopped? And what can we hope for in the new decade that begins with 2020? That’s what Frida Westergård pon­der over in her New Year’s column.

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Traditions are meant to be kept – or?

Christmas is draw­ing near. And so is the Christmas smor­gas­bord – per­haps the most tra­di­tion-bound din­ner a Swede eat in a year. But some­thing hap­pens. What was a must a few years ago, isn’t so obvi­ous any­more, and new dish­es are pop­ping up among the tra­di­tion­al ones. In this col­umn, Frida Westergård is reshuf­fle the dish­es on the Christmas smorgasbord.

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Eating habits — still a class issue

As the shelves in the gro­cery store are filled with health­i­er alter­na­tives, the dis­cus­sion about eat­ing habits is fad­ing. But we should still think about why some peo­ple end up in a vicious spi­ral of cheap and read­i­ly avail­able food, while oth­ers gorge them­selves with healthy recipes and take the time to cook. Frida Westergård steps out of her food bub­ble to exam­ine the state of affairs.

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Are we tricking ourselves?

There are con­stant demands on the food and bev­er­age indus­try to reduce sug­ar in what we eat. So we lis­ten, and we stop adding sug­ar, or at lease we reduce it. But are we not trick­ing our­selves — and the con­sumers — when we add less sug­ar and instead replace the sweet­ness with aspar­tame and ace­sul­fame K, or replace it entire­ly with malti­tol, or fruit juice?

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Which E‑number does sugar have?

Steviol gly­co­sides, which are extract­ed from a plant, have an E ‑num­ber. But reg­u­lar sug­ar, which is extract­ed in a sim­i­lar way, has no E‑number. Why is it like that?

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Be proud of your E numbers

Do not shoot the mes­sen­ger if the food is poor — it is time to dare to spread knowl­edge to con­sumers about all the ben­e­fits of the E‑number system.

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