• Gary Moller

NZ's Food Health Star Rating System is Rated "Unhealthy"

Updated: Aug 6, 2019




This might look like being a delicious and healthy breakfast but it isn't.  This is almost 100% sugar (starch is sugar) and there are virtually no nutrients, like vitamins and minerals.
This might look like being a delicious and healthy breakfast but it isn't. This is almost 100% sugar (starch is sugar) and there are virtually no nutrients, like vitamins and minerals.

Please take a few minutes to watch the interview with Dr Simon Thornley, a Population Health senior lecturer at Auckland University:

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/lifestyle/2019/08/new-zealand-s-health-star-rating-system-is-very-broken-public-health-expert.html


I have said for years that our nutrition, including the science of nutrition and nutritionists themselves, have been hijacked by BIG FOOD. The simple fact is that there is very big money to be made by encouraging people to consume foods made from grains and sugars. Many of the claims made for cereals such as being "Iron Man" food is laughable when the reality is poor muscle development, obesity and eventually diabetes and other chronic degenerative diseases from eating proportionately too many sugar-dominant foods.

When I was a child, candy was a rare treat.  Nowadays it is a "normal" daily part of a child's diet.  Candy and party foods, muesli bars, sodas and fruit drinks have almost zero nutritional value.  They drive tooth decay and chronic disease.
When I was a child, candy was a rare treat. Nowadays it is a "normal" daily part of a child's diet. Candy and party foods, muesli bars, sodas and fruit drinks have almost zero nutritional value. They drive tooth decay and chronic disease.

As the interview with Dr Thornley says, the Food Health Star Rating system is easily manipulated so that unhealthy, sugar-laden foods can receive a favourable rating, whereas healthy foods can end up with a poor rating.


When a person greatly reduces sugar and starch (often hidden) from their diets while increasing their intake of fresh saturated fat and protein - guess what? You are right, they lose fat, put on muscle and feel healthier.


Alofa and I are good examples of this effect. We are both lean, fit and strong despite our ages.