The National Obesity Forum has come out and said the health advice given over the last 40 years is wrong and higher fat diets are the right approach to health. Medical experts are saying it's wrong. So who's right?
The National Obesity Forum, a leading health charity, has urged people to no longer follow low-fat diets and be so obsessed with lowering cholesterol. HALLEUJAH!!
Doing so, according to the charity, is having “disastrous health consequences”.
“The most natural and nutritious foods available – meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, nuts, seeds, olive, avocados – all contain saturated fat. The continued demonisation of omnipresent natural fat drives people away from highly nourishing, wholesome and health-promoting foods.”
The report is damning and it accuses major public health bodies of colluding with the food industry (which we all know but always gets swept under the rug). It also tallies with reports coming out of larger health charities in the US and Australia - all saying the same thing: fat is our friend, not our enemy.
The question is, will the Government and these medical 'experts' listen? Dr Alison Tredstone, Public Health England's chief Nutritionist, says advice to eat more fat is irresponsible and potentially deadly. I would say allowing people to think that eating foods laden with chemicals, sugar and sweeteners to avoid fat is the irresponsible and deadly thing (as would all in the Paleo community).
We've all been brainwashed into thinking that fat is bad and grain should form a large part of our diets but the tide is turning too slowly for my liking but it is turning. The body of research now that shows that saturated fat does not cause heart disease is overwhelming:
e.g. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition pooled together data from 21 unique studies that included almost 350,000 people, about 11,000 of whom developed cardiovascular disease (CVD), tracked for an average of 14 years, and concluded that there is no relationship between the intake of saturated fat and the incidence of heart disease or stroke.
e.g. A study in 2014 (part funded by the British Heart Foundation) of over 500,000 participants which showed no link between saturated fat and the incidence of heart disease and stroke
The National Obesity Forum and the Public Health Collaboration have called for a “major overhaul” of current dietary guidelines.
The report also says “Eating fat does not make you fat.” This is something the Paleo and Primal community have been saying for a long time and it is great that there is now the debate around it at a national level.
And at last we have a UK body saying processed foods labelled “low fat”, “lite”, “low cholesterol” or “proven to lower cholesterol” should be avoided at all costs, and people with type 2 diabetes should eat a fat-rich diet rather than one based on carbohydrates. The amount of sugar, sweeteners and disease-inducing chemicals pumped into these products to make them palatable is scary.
The report also said sugar should be avoided, people should stop counting calories and the idea that exercise could help you “outrun a bad diet” was a myth. Instead, a diet low in refined carbohydrates but high in healthy fats was “an effective and safe approach for preventing weight gain and aiding weight loss”, and cuts the risk of heart disease, it said.
So why the resistance from the medical world? Well, they don't want to be proved wrong, clearly (nutrient-dense egg on face anyone?) and there's an awful lot of people in the food industry banking on it being wrong too. What we need is even more research, more reports, more lobbying pressure on the Government to continue the re-education needed in the UK. The people of the UK, our children and future generations deserve better.