In the mid-1980s, I was asked on live BBC Radio 4, as a representative of the dairy industry, when we would stop killing people with so much fat. I paused before answering.
Today, the debate has changed because the science has firmed up in favour of fat. I quote from a feature in The Grocer magazine on 9th January.
“There is no convincing evidence that saturated fat causes heart disease” – US Family Heart and Nutrition Centre, 2010.
“Fat and protein turn out to be uniquely satiating so that one is less likely to overeat on these, whereas carbohydrates are less satiating” – Nina Teicholz, investigative journalist, 2016.
“It’s becoming hard for the public health establishment to justify its anti-satfat stance” – Joanna Blythman, author, 2016.
The US Dietary Guidelines have changed. Will others now follow?