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Current Dietary Guidelines to eat less fat have led to the Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes Crisis – should we not just go back to basics?

Current Dietary Guidelines to eat less fat have led to the Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes Crisis – should we not just go back to basics?
Posted on May 24, 2016
Archive : May 2016
Category : Blog

Dietary guidelines seem to change regularly with differing views on what is healthy and what isn’t, hitting the headlines weekly.

The latest and maybe the biggest potential ‘U’ turn in the guidelines for healthy eating over the last 30 years is that following a low fat diet maybe isn’t so good for your health after all, and we should be eating fats!

The National Obesity Forum and the Public Health Collaboration have come together and agreed that the ‘low fat’ dietary advice is wrong and needs to change.

They feel that due to this advice, consumers are eating more junk food which contains more carbohydrate and snacking more which is leading to obesity.

They feel very strongly that this advice has resulted in the current Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes crisis and to stop this increasing trend, advice needs to change dramatically. Fats and importantly the right types of fats should be eaten rather than relying on low fat options. In the report sugar is also seen as something to avoid which agrees with current views on this demon of the food groups.  

Experts will argue what is good and bad for your health, and as more studies are carried out we will find out more about what we eat and the effect that has on our bodies and resultant health.

What seems to be clear looking at current trends and advice coming through, is that we should be eating a varied balanced diet, cut down on processed foods and try and eat as much ‘natural’ food as possible. Anything too processed isn’t good for us; anything that is labelled ‘low fat’ is quite often packed full of sugar so should be avoided even more, and eating some of the right type of fats regularly is actually good for us! Combine this balanced diet with regular daily exercise and we should be ok! 


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