South African Dietary guidelines

Thank you SO much for all your support and interest during the dietary guidelines story that broke on Tuesday. We were surprised and delighted with the coverage. The backlash has been swift and personal, but that’s what happens when you challenge the status quo – if the science can’t be attacked, then smear. It’s been a terrible example of the lengths that public health will go to to protect their current advice. Dr Alison Tedstone, Public Health England, rapidly positioned that the advice may have been premature but was not wrong. It would have been a heck of a coincidence to set two guidelines (max of 30% total fat; max of 10% saturated fat) when the evidence didn’t support this and those two guidelines just happened to be right! There won’t be a Monday note next week (26th Feb), as I’ll be in Cape Town for a four day conference being billed as “The world’s first gathering of international experts in the field of Low Carb High Fat (LCHF)”. I don’t think of how I eat as LCHF. I describe my own diet and what I would advise others to eat as “real food.” However – I like the term LCHF, i) because it is an equal and opposite statement to the Low Fat High Carb (LFHC) dietary advice that we currently have and ii) I also think, as I will explain in one of my two presentations next week, that it is how people will end up eating if they adopt the real food approach...

 

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