M and I were having a debate over the levy added on to wheat flour. This article 'Bread verses Rice: Choice verses National Interest' explains the reason for the decision by the Government. I heard the same debate over the radio with a DJ griping about this decision and that it is his 'human right' to have bread if he wanted to. Right.
I am impassive about this though M was quite irked. To me, bread is not a necessity. We as a family do consume it on some mornings, and I too bought a fancy sunflower loaf from Sensal just the other day (very nice by the way), but I really feel bread (white wheat) was never a part of our diet before (and I mean long long ago) so why are we so dependent on it now?
Leaving aside bread is more a health reason for me. I was told that chemicals were added to make the break super-white, which is as per the case of Prima sliced bread. And how can bread me so fabulously white and perfect anyway?
We took a trip to Trincomalee recently and the Prima factory (of Singaporean origin, established in the 60's ?!) loomed over each view you can possibly have of the Trinco harbor. It is virtually windowless and one wonders what mechanics and strategies go into making sure the current monopoly stands.
Though M says nay to the levy, maybe long term, we'll get back into the Green grams and the Chick peas diet. Preparation maybe a cow, but still, think of the health benefits, vitamins, minerals... you name it. No fancy packaging or 'added' benefits, its just all natural. And there has to be ways of using gram powder in to making other products like rotis and even bread right? Why not substitute rather than complain...
Of course this post of completely unreferenced, but I read that "The USDA's food pyramid is a good, practical place to start when choosing your high-carb foods. It shows 6 to 11 daily servings of grains, 2 to 4 servings of fruit, 3 to 5 servings of vegetables, and 2 to 3 servings of dairy products (along with small amounts of meat, poultry, or fish)....Limit your intake of highly refined, low-fiber grain products such as white bread." That sounds like good common sense.
Plus, bread disintegrates into sugar and little energy. I make it a point to have oats in the morning and this digests more slowly and have innumerable positive effects starting from controlling blood sugar to making sure you won't snack mid-way.
I do sometimes come off as a health nut, but I believe what you put in, you put out. I see my boss guffawing rolls and buns in the morning at work, 'Chinese' basmati rice during lunch, sitting throughout the day and complaining of his terrible gastritis later on. I can't really peg him as a prime example of habitual deterioration of health, and everything should be in moderation, but maybe a levy would make bread a special treat for him, and other Sri Lankans too. I sort of think this is what it should intend to be, plus kola kenda and kawpi doesn't sound too bad either.