Supermarket giant Woolworths recently announced that they want to move into the healthcare market and plan to offer free in-store health check-ups to their customers. Medical and Pharmaceutical Regulatory bodies are not happy about the announcement (read more here: http://www.news.com.au/finance/business/woolworths-health-checks-slammed-by-australian-medical-association-and-pharmacy-guild/story-fnkgdftz-1226974808618) and, quite frankly, I totally agree – can a supermarket really offer quality healthcare advice?
Woolworths are currently recruiting pharmacists and nurses to conduct the proposed health check-ups. Free blood pressure & cholesterol tests will be performed along with the possibility of more services being added in the future. The problem I have is the type of health advice offered by these ‘experts’: let’s face it, Woolworths is a multi-billion dollar company. I can guarantee that if a Woolworths nurse tells me I have high cholesterol, he/she will suggest I purchase a range of ‘Select’ (the name of Woolworths in-store brand) low-fat foods to help lower my levels. Is this advice the best for my health OR best for increasing the profits of the supermarket? Let me tell you, it’s NOT the best advice for your health.
The problem with low-fat foods is the way they are manufactured. For example, if you compare the nutritional information of a low-fat and a regular yoghurt, you will find that the low-fat yoghurt contains a lot more sugar than the full-fat one. This is because the fat is removed to lower the overall fat content (hence making it ‘low-fat’) but the ‘removed’ fat is replaced with sugar. All that extra sugar you consume in low-fat foods would play havoc with your blood sugar levels and this can lead to a pre-diabetic condition called ‘Metabolic Syndrome’. …and guess what? One of the signs of Metabolic Syndrome is elevated blood cholesterol levels. It’s no coincidence then that since the range of low-fat foods available in supermarkets has significantly increased, so too has obesity and Type 2 Diabetes.
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