It's official; the new British eating guidelines are out and they are... very similar to the way they've been for the last 20 years or so. In the words of the Chief Nutritionist at Public Health England:
"The evidence shows that we should continue to base our meals on starchy carbohydrates."
If you're reading this website, then you'll probably know that based on the current evidence, this 'high-carb' statement is just plain wrong.
And when it comes to dairy, she says:
"Try to go for lower-fat and lower-sugar products where possible, like 1% fat milk, reduced-fat cheese or plain low-fat yoghurt."
The sugar reduction message is of course an important one but lower fat products usually have to resort to artificial sweeteners and emulsifiers to add taste and to thicken otherwise bland, low-fat cream cheeses and yogurts. It's a case of 'choose your poison' I suppose, unless you go for the full-fat regular (and usually less processed) original foods which satiate you and enable your body to absorb essential vitamins.
For more on The new guide.
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Source: The new guide
The epidemic of obesity and type-2 diabetes (known as 'diabesity') is increasingly linked to high-carb diets, the use of vegetable seed oils and today's low-fat foods. No-one as yet can prove this but to deny its plausibility is to continue misleading millions of increasingly unhealthy people.
"FAT IS OUR FRIEND" ADVOCATES A DIET:
Sammy Pepys was the pseudonym used by James Capon when writing this book. He is not a doctor or a nutritionist but has studied nutrition and holds an MPH from Edinburgh University. Over the years, he has become increasingly suspicious of today's conventional wisdom about diet and health. When it comes to what we eat, he has helped many learn to eat more healthily.