As you know, food these days is covered in labels. They tell you what’s in it, what it’s not got in it, how much of stuff it’s got in it, how bad for you that stuff is, how much of your daily allowance the stuff uses up.
But, despite all this, there are some food labels that are missing. I would like to propose the following additions.
All food should come with a guilt rating using the HIGH, MED, LOW traffic light system. This allows you to decide how guilty you should really feel about eating the product, without having to put in too much effort. For example, an entire tub of ice cream might have a HIGH guilt rating, and a salad would come with a LOW guilt rating.
It should be clearly indicated on food how much fun it is to eat. Some food is boring and some food is fun. How fun are spaghetti letters! Or macaroni cheese! Alphabet soup that you spend ages spelling out rude words. We clearly need some indication on the container about how much fun we’re likely to have eating this item of food. Clearly in this instance, the regular traffic light system breaks, because HIGH fun should be good. So, we have to revert to Doublespeak and go for Unfun (which is bad in high amounts). So low levels of unfun are good (keep up at the back).
It shouldn’t need saying folks. But some food, well, it’s hot when it goes in, and it’s hot when it comes out, you know what I’m saying. There should be clear indication on food labels about whether you’re going to need to pack some loo roll in the fridge.
Food should clearly come with a stink rating, what are your chances of getting a snog after you’ve eaten 6 portions of those kippers? Does your mouth smell like the bottom of a bird cage, or like a garden of roses? High ratings are bad – make sure you mint, floss, brush, swirl, and scrub before moving in for some tongue action. Clearly, garlic roasted kippers in an anchovy sauce are not your friend when you’re going clubbing.
It’s obvious to anyone who’s ever eaten a kebab on their own at 2 o’clock in the morning, walking back to their one person flat, alone, to spend the night, alone, that food isn’t just something you consume for the protein content. It’s for comfort. And some foods are more comforting than other foods. Ever heard of someone who’s sad going on a celery eating binge? Me either. To save us wasting a lifetime of eating the wrong food when we need that comfort, we need a label. Again, due to the traffic light system, you need something which is good when it’s LOW and Green, so we’ll go for erm, Pain. Low PAIN food is comforting.
There’s nothing more annoying than someone next to you eating something which makes them smug. Maybe it’s a salad while you’re stuffing down a burger, or they had organic hand made vegetarian bacon while you’re eating the head off the nearest cute pig. Maybe they don’t even know it’s making them smug. Perhaps, if there was a clear indication when picking up a packet of organic free-range fair trade couscous that it would make you smug and your friends sad, people would be able to avoid it and would instead reach for that pre-packaged (in non-bio degradable plastic) microwave hotdog. Made from real dog. Anyway, avoid HIGH SMUG foods people.
Finally, and related to SMUG, there’s posh food. You will look like a prat standing next to your friend with a tin of Caviar in your basket, while they’re buying BBQ pickled egg sandwiches. To avoid this, avoid HIGH Posh foods.