Healthy eating is too expensive? Rubbish, say Bolton Market traders

There are bargains galore at the market, say traders

There are bargains galore at the market, say traders

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , health reporter

TRADERS at Bolton Market have hit out at claims that eating healthily is too expensive.

Public health experts said parents were choosing “cheap food that is filling but not nutritious” and have called on the government to act.

Professor John Ashton, president of the UK Faculty of Public Health (FPH), said: “Children are going hungry in the UK. They may not be eating gruel but their parents are having to choosing cheap food that is filling but not nutritious.

“This crisis can’t be explained away by assuming people are not budgeting properly or don’t know how to cook.”

Yet traders in Bolton said it was possible to eat healthily on a budget.

Charlotte Ray runs a fruit and veg stall and says education is key to eating a healthy diet on a budget.

Mrs Ray, of Emporium Cheeses, said: “I think it is definitely possible for people to eat healthily on a budget. People use the excuse that they can’t afford to eat fresh fruit and veg, but you only have to come to the market to find bargains.

“I think it’s about education and the way you are brought up.”

Butcher Steve Wildblood, of Redman’s, said: “Of course people on lower incomes can eat a good diet. The good thing about shopping at the market is that you can buy the exact portion you want, and if you’re on a budget that must help.”

The FPH is now calling on the government to set up an independent group to tackle nutrition and hunger in the UK.

In a letter signed by 170 members of the FPH, the faculty pointed to rising food prices, falling wages and a boom in food banks as proof of the problem.

Mr Ashton added: “We have to face an uncomfortable truth: we may be facing a public health emergency in the UK. The spectre of Oliver Twist is back.

“There are three main reasons for the increased demand for food banks: increasing food poverty, stagnant income and wages among low-paid people and the rising cost of food.”

The largest food bank provider, the Trussell Trust, has said demand for its help had doubled in the past 12 months.

The Trussell Trust claims it has handed out 913,000 food parcels across the UK in the last year, up from 347,000 the year before.

The Farnworth and Kearsley Foodbank fed more than 3,700 people in Bolton in the past year.

A CHEAP RECIPE

Spring vegetable soup
Costs: £2.50
Feeds: six to eight

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 2 carrots, scrubbed and roughly chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, washed and sliced
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 400g tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 200g cauliflower, broken into small florets
  • 200g broccoli, broken into florets
  • 200g spinach, washed and roughly chopped
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 2 chicken or vegetable stock cubes made up with 1.75 litres water
  • black pepper

Method: Add oil, carrots, celery, onion and garlic cook over a low to medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes until carrots soften and onions golden.

Add all remaining ingredients and stock (apart from the spinach) bring to the boil, simmer for 10 minutes.

Add the spinach to the pan cook for 30 seconds. Season with black pepper.

If you prefer a less chunky soup, remove half to another pan and blend, then return to big pan.
Recipe thanks to Joan Burriage who runs the Wellbeing Project at Bolton Market.

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9:59am Wed 7 May 14

Toybox says...

Why are so many so called poor people always the fattest?
Why are so many so called poor people always the fattest? Toybox
  • Score: 15

10:49am Wed 7 May 14

Diamonintherough says...

Why can so many poor parents afford to smoke and drink but not feed their kids healthy meals
Why can so many poor parents afford to smoke and drink but not feed their kids healthy meals Diamonintherough
  • Score: 7

11:41am Wed 7 May 14

my belief says...

dont smoke, dont drink, dont go on nights out dont have brand new phone. with paying all bills and kids to pay for clothes school things etc it is expensive to afford five aday for 5people. even when buying cheapest. products.
dont smoke, dont drink, dont go on nights out dont have brand new phone. with paying all bills and kids to pay for clothes school things etc it is expensive to afford five aday for 5people. even when buying cheapest. products. my belief
  • Score: 5

12:36pm Wed 7 May 14

Wolfie190 says...

The poorest people tend to go to the chippy or send for takeaways they cant be bothered actually making something, Bolton food market is mega for bargains no excuses.
The poorest people tend to go to the chippy or send for takeaways they cant be bothered actually making something, Bolton food market is mega for bargains no excuses. Wolfie190
  • Score: 5

12:50pm Wed 7 May 14

Menhed says...

Toybox wrote:
Why are so many so called poor people always the fattest?
Nothing difficult or expensive about eating healthily on a small budget, just takes a bit of effort but these days we live in a 'convenience' culture.
[quote][p][bold]Toybox[/bold] wrote: Why are so many so called poor people always the fattest?[/p][/quote]Nothing difficult or expensive about eating healthily on a small budget, just takes a bit of effort but these days we live in a 'convenience' culture. Menhed
  • Score: 6

12:59pm Wed 7 May 14

Albinosupport says...

I don't smoke or drink and I am on a low wage as is my husband but thanks to Bolton Market we are able to feed ourselves and children healthy food and a few treats along the way for a lot less than we could if we relied on a Supermarket. Yes it is hard work lugging bags round the busy market with a blind kid in tow, then lugging them on and off a bus but it is all worth it. Not only do we get our food cheaper we get a workout into the bargain. None of us are fat either. Bolton Market is wonderful and the stall holders are so friendly and helpful too.
I don't smoke or drink and I am on a low wage as is my husband but thanks to Bolton Market we are able to feed ourselves and children healthy food and a few treats along the way for a lot less than we could if we relied on a Supermarket. Yes it is hard work lugging bags round the busy market with a blind kid in tow, then lugging them on and off a bus but it is all worth it. Not only do we get our food cheaper we get a workout into the bargain. None of us are fat either. Bolton Market is wonderful and the stall holders are so friendly and helpful too. Albinosupport
  • Score: 17

1:18pm Wed 7 May 14

Beyond News Forum says...

The best fresh produce is found at local farms where the farmers use NO poisons on there produce.

When you have been to Bolton Market to pick up a bargain you can perform a toxin test on the 'fresh' foods if you wish.

Hey I do not doubt that there are bargains to be found and some fantastic fresh produce, but traders need to be more vigilant on what they are selling, where it came from and what toxins have been used to kill off the bugs etc.

Also... we are told one thing about eating 5-a-day, then it is 7-a-day, then it is 10-a-day. The we are told natural sugars are just as bad as processed sugars, as are natural salts. We are told that there is no scientific evidence to suggest any one food substance is safer to eat then the next.

The actual fact of the matter is that most of everything we eat and drink contains toxins of a form - even fresh - so which is it, what is best and when are people going to get the real facts from food producers and manufacturers?

By the way... this report is SPAM!
The best fresh produce is found at local farms where the farmers use NO poisons on there produce. When you have been to Bolton Market to pick up a bargain you can perform a toxin test on the 'fresh' foods if you wish. Hey I do not doubt that there are bargains to be found and some fantastic fresh produce, but traders need to be more vigilant on what they are selling, where it came from and what toxins have been used to kill off the bugs etc. Also... we are told one thing about eating 5-a-day, then it is 7-a-day, then it is 10-a-day. The we are told natural sugars are just as bad as processed sugars, as are natural salts. We are told that there is no scientific evidence to suggest any one food substance is safer to eat then the next. The actual fact of the matter is that most of everything we eat and drink contains toxins of a form - even fresh - so which is it, what is best and when are people going to get the real facts from food producers and manufacturers? By the way... this report is SPAM! Beyond News Forum
  • Score: -17

1:50pm Wed 7 May 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Thumbs down? And yet you offer your views to corroborate your down voting?

Sure... I hit the nail on the head and you hate it MARKET TRADERS!
Thumbs down? And yet you offer your views to corroborate your down voting? Sure... I hit the nail on the head and you hate it MARKET TRADERS! Beyond News Forum
  • Score: -14

2:37pm Wed 7 May 14

Lynn57 says...

It is true that the market is a good deal, although prices are creeping up and you have to pay to park. The fish is good, a salmon for about eight quid makes a few meals, the steak is a bit of a chance , not always good but the fruit and veg is even cheaper than aldi.
It is true that the market is a good deal, although prices are creeping up and you have to pay to park. The fish is good, a salmon for about eight quid makes a few meals, the steak is a bit of a chance , not always good but the fruit and veg is even cheaper than aldi. Lynn57
  • Score: 5

4:37pm Wed 7 May 14

templejohn says...

Most food items bought from the market, and i am talking about

Fish Fruit and Veg and various types of meats and cheeses, are

in the main , quite a lot cheaper than the majority of Superstores

in the Bolton area, certainly cheaper than Macydees, or the Chippy.
Most food items bought from the market, and i am talking about Fish Fruit and Veg and various types of meats and cheeses, are in the main , quite a lot cheaper than the majority of Superstores in the Bolton area, certainly cheaper than Macydees, or the Chippy. templejohn
  • Score: -3

11:29pm Wed 7 May 14

boltonnut says...

To lazy to go to the market for healthy cheap food but not to lazy to go out and buy fags and booze.
To lazy to go to the market for healthy cheap food but not to lazy to go out and buy fags and booze. boltonnut
  • Score: 2

11:16am Thu 8 May 14

my belief says...

when i buy from the market we usually get the offers, without cheese (which is great value) we buy cucumber tomatoes bananas apples oranges lettuce peppers, thats our basics before extra. thats usually around 6pound and last a two days, its to feed two adults two kids and my pregnancy and severe morning sickness limits what i can eat. can only eat stews and brothsfor so lonh.
when i buy from the market we usually get the offers, without cheese (which is great value) we buy cucumber tomatoes bananas apples oranges lettuce peppers, thats our basics before extra. thats usually around 6pound and last a two days, its to feed two adults two kids and my pregnancy and severe morning sickness limits what i can eat. can only eat stews and brothsfor so lonh. my belief
  • Score: 1

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