Waitrose launch a £3.50 lettuce leaf
Even the anorexic in me can’t get my head around this.
As one of ‘those’ people who, if forced to lunch on the go, will stand and scrutinise the nutritional contents of rows and rows of sandwiches, salads and sushi boxes (if I haven’t already memorised them all), I have witnessed a noticable amount of shrinkage over the last few years.
While the dieting industry expands and pressure grows to be thinner, to do twice as much on half as much, the sandwich aisle has reflected that change. Everywhere you go now, there are ‘good’ options which will be low calorie and inevitably also low in tastiness. They go hand in hand. Whereas I will stare and stare and then get too stressed and run away, there are hoards of office workers who will settle with the skinny, wholemeal free-range egg and cress sandwich for the sole reason that it has the least calories and they can tell all their colleagues how ‘good’ they are being. How fun.
Carbs are out the window. The new range is basically a sandwich without the bread, or the wrap, or the pitta, or any kind of anything that gives any real kind of sustenance. Pretty healthy then. Introducing the lettuce leaf, or ‘boat’ as Waitrose have decided to dress up the lone piece of Cos, which delivers a maximum of 125 calories. With a range of fillings, nutritionist Joanne Lunn said: ““They are an alternative to a sandwich and an easy way of eating salad on the go, because you eat them like a wrap.” Fine if you enjoy eating a dribbly mess.
What I am hoping is that you recognise how ridiculous this whole thing is. I trust that you do.
The ‘wraps’ provide around 1/5th of what a female adult needs at lunchtime. You could add a packet of crisps, a chocolate bar or even a cake and you still would probably be eating less than you need just to function. Buy this with a Diet Coke and you’ll be reaching for the biscuits by 2pm.
I don’t know what credentials Waitrose nutritionist Joanna Lunn has, but someone needs to teach the woman about a little thing called balance.Tagged in: diet, food, health, nutrition, waitrose, weightloss
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