Food businesses in Glasgow are being encouraged to sign a pledge to introduce small changes that will improve the overall nutritional quality of the food on sale.
The types of change include:
Wherever you see the Glasgow Food Pledge logo it indicates that the business has pledged to make improvements for the benefit of the local community.
The Glasgow Food Pledge is operated by Glasgow City Council Environmental Health and also indicates that the business has been inspected by Food Safety Officers and has been rated as a PASS for food hygiene.
Participation in the pledge recognises that a business is taking steps to improve the nutritional quality of the food it sells. This in turn is making a contribution towards the Scottish Dietary Goals.
It is also providing an improved choice of food on sale in the community. Consumers are increasingly demanding healthier choices.
Businesses taking the pledge will benefit from promotion within the local community and wider afield.
The pledge can be made by any food business operating in Glasgow.
There is a link between what we eat and our health:
People are increasingly eating outside of the home. In surveys, people say:
The Scottish Dietary Goals are recommended food intakes for a healthy diet. Currently the Scottish diet falls short of achieving these goals. Even though 77% of Scots believe their diet is healthier than it really is. The Scottish Dietary Goals include;
|Fruit and Vegetables||5 Portions||3.4 portions|
|Fat||35% of food energy||39.4% of food energy|
|Saturated Fat||11% of food energy||15.5% of food energy|
|Sugar||11% of food energy||14.4% of food energy|
Energy density of the average diet is 40% over the Scottish Dietary Goal.
We eat too many calories, too much fat, sugar and salt and not enough fruit, vegetables, high fibre foods and oil rich fish.
Cakes, biscuits, pastries, savoury snacks and sugary drinks account for:
The consequence of this is leading to health problems: