The CBC recently aired an episode of the show This is That in which they spoke with a resident of the Texas town Talon. This issue at hand: their decision to add sugar to the water supply to encourage residents to drink more water. Many people were outraged; do a google search if you don’t believe me. Rightfully so, if This is That was a legitimate news show. However, This is That is actually a parody show which features fabricated news items.
The thing I want to comment on here is that, aside from the logistical difficulties, the addition of sugar to a town’s water supply is actually somewhat believable (see the outrage it triggered on google and in the comments section of the CBC This is That page). As horrified as people were, many believed it to be true. Our notions of healthy eating have become so distorted that we are often mislead into believing that the addition of one healthful ingredient into a “junk” food makes it healthy (e.g. antioxidants in Seven-Up, fibre in Pepsi, dried fruit in cookies). The flip-side of this is that adding unhealthful ingredients to healthy foods to make them more palatable is also considered reasonable (e.g. mini-wheats, candy in nearly every trail mix, or sugar in water).
We need to accept that healthy food can be delicious rather than trying to delude ourselves into believing that we can only enjoy foods if they’re unhealthy in some manner.