Last week, UK cardiologist and prominent anti-sugar campaigner, Dr Aseem Malhotra was in Australia as key-note speaker at a series of Bring Back the Fat events. Low Carb Gourmet were there to cook up a feast.
As the founder of Action on Sugar and adviser to the UK National Obesity Forum, Aseem is very clear about the causes of the world-wide obesity crisis and the continued rise in chronic diseases.
Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Aseem said "There is an urgent need to overhaul the dietary guidelines – the guidelines lag behind the science. We're unwilling to admit that we were wrong, but science evolves."
The problem is that the low-fat message is still prevailing and most people believe that eating fat makes you fat and increases your risk of heart disease. In fact, data on saturated fat collected over several decades has revealed that it doesn't increase heart disease. Indeed, eating saturated fat from dairy products has been shown to be protective against diabetes and heart disease. When people consume a low-fat diet, they tend to consume more sugar and processed carbohydrates like pasta and bread, which raise blood insulin levels. This makes the body store fat and increases the likelihood of weight gain and type 2 diabetes.
Aseem says "Eating fat is as likely to make you fat as eating greens is to make you green. It's time to bring fat back"