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Video: Campaigners Highlight The Amount Of Hidden Sugar in Food on BBC News

Published on January 13, 2014,

The BBC has picked up on the controversy over the amount of ‘hidden sugar’ in common foods and has broadcast this interview with a representative of the campaign group Action on Sugar which is looking to reduce by 30% the amount of sugar added to foods…

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BBC Reports Saturated Fat Heart Disease ‘Myth’

Published on October 29, 2013,

More signs that the mainstream media is starting to question orthodox thinking with this report on the BBC of a cardiologist’s claims that saturated fat is being demonised…

BBC saturated fat mythThe risk from saturated fat in foods such as butter, cakes and fatty meat is being overstated and demonised, according to a cardiologist.

Dr Aseem Malhotra said there was too much focus on the fat with other factors such as sugar often overlooked.

It is time to “bust the myth of the role of saturated fat in heart disease”, he writes in an opinion piece in the British Medical Journal.

But the British Heart Foundation said there was conflicting evidence.

It added reducing cholesterol through drugs or other means does lower heart risk.

Studies on the link between diet and disease have led to dietary advice and guidelines on how much saturated fat, particularly cholesterol, it is healthy to eat.

Millions of people in the UK have been prescribed statins to reduce cholesterol levels.

Dr Malhotra, a cardiology registrar at Croydon University Hospital, London, says the “mantra that saturated fat must be removed to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease has dominated dietary advice and guidelines for almost four decades”.

He says saturated fat has been “demonised” and any link with heart disease is not fully supported by scientific evidence.

The food industry has compensated for lowering saturated fat levels in food by replacing it with sugar, he says, which also contributes to heart disease.

Adopting a Mediterranean diet – olive oil, nuts, oily fish, plenty of fruit and vegetables and a moderate amount of red wine – after a heart attack is almost three times as powerful in reducing mortality as taking a statin, writes Dr Malhotra.

However, Prof Peter Weissberg, medical director at the British Heart Foundation, says studies on the link between diet and disease frequently produce conflicting results…

More at:  Saturated fat heart disease ‘myth’

‘The Fast Diet’ by Dr Michael Mosley on Intermittent Fasting

Published on January 14, 2013,

We’ve published a number of posts on this site about intermittent fasting (IF) and believe it is a very interesting approach to health and weight loss – especially, it seems, in conjunction with a low carb approach. The BBC brought IF to the mainstream last year with a Horizon documentary (sadly not available online) featuring presenter Dr Michael Mosley who lost weight and improved his health markers significantly following his version of IF (also known as the 5:2 diet) which comprises two days per week of fasting with no restrictions the rest of the week. Now Dr Mosley has published a book on the approach called The Fast Diet. Here’s the blurb from Amazon…

The Fast Diet - www.thefastdiet.co.uk

The Fast Diet – www.thefastdiet.co.uk

This radical new approach to weight loss is the diet that everyone is talking about. It really is as simple as it sounds: you eat normally five days a week, then for just two days you cut your calories (500 for women, 600 for men).

Scientific trials of Intermittent Fasting have shown that it will not only help the pounds fly off but also lower your risk of a range of diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Dr Michael Mosley, the medical journalist whose BBC Horizon programme alerted the world to the Intermittent Fasting phenomenon, presents the fascinating science behind the 5:2 diet. Mimi Spencer, award-winning food and fashion writer, explains the practicalities of how to go about it.

The Fast Diet also includes a calorie counter, full colour section, and a whole section of Fast 500 and Fast 600 menu plans which will enable you to incorporate this groundbreaking weight-loss system into your daily life.

Our opinion?

We think intermittent fasting has real value and particularly like the approach of Dr Mosley with 2 days fasting per week. It is much more manageable than, for example, alternate day fasting yet seems to deliver substantial results.

We were, however, disappointed with the obligatory ‘recipe plan’ part of the book contributed by co-author Mimi Spencer as it is all about glycemic index and glycemic load. Whilst these might be helpful concepts for some, it is not, in our opinion, what IF or Dr Mosley’s approach is all about.

What’s more, if you combine IF with a low carb diet rather than worrying about GI we believe the results are likely to be much more impressive.

Indeed, there is even interesting research suggesting intermittent low carb dieting can be highly beneficial for those who cannot manage to do it all the time (low carb just two days a week beats calorie restriction all week).

You can read more at: the book’s website and follow Dr Mosley on Twitter @DrMichaelMosley

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