Resolving confusion with dietary advice

Last Monday’s note was about a press release: “Eat Fat, Cut The Carbs and Avoid Snacking To Reverse Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes.” The story gained much coverage. It was Monday’s front page on The Express and The Mirror. Sky News led with the story and many TV and radio stations covered it during the day. Dr Aseem Malhotra did most of the interviews, I did BBC London, BBC Wales, BBC Tees, LBC, BBC Three Counties radio, Talk Radio Europe and the Mark Forrest show (which covers about 40 local radio stations each evening). The most common question that I was asked during interviews was this: “Isn’t it confusing for people? One minute they’re told fat is bad, then it’s good, what are they supposed to believe?” My answer was as follows: “It shouldn’t be confusing at all. The consistent message should be ‘eat real food'. The only debate should be – what should that real food be?”

 

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