Thursday 2 June 2016 11:45am
A recent report by two UK charities argues for increasing the fat in our diet, including saturated fat. But many experts in the UK and New Zealand do not agree.
Professor Jim Mann, director of the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre at the University of Otago, has been interviewed by Jesse Mulligan at Radio NZ about high fat versus low fat diets, as well as the role of sugar and carbohydrate in our diet.
The take-home message is that replacing saturated fats with healthy fats, such as polyunsaturated oils, and eating complex carbohydrates such as wholegrains and legumes, is the way to go.
Hear the radio interview
You can listen to the interview aired on 25 May 2016, and read an excerpt of questions and answers on Radio New Zealand's website:
Fat lot of good, Radio NZ with Jesse Mulligan, 25 May 2016 (9min 47sec)
What are the experts saying?
Follow expert reaction from around the world on the recent report suggesting we should be eating high fat diets.
- Low-carb, high fat diet advice questioned, Science Media Centre website, 25 May, 2016
- Top academic slams dietary report, Channel 39 Dunedin television, 26 May, 2016 (2min 6sec)
To hear more about the high fat versus low fat debate, see some of EDOR's previous news stories:
- Otago academics back calls for more fibre in our diets, 21 July, 2015
- Professor Rod Jackson speaks in Dunedin about saturated fat, 10 May, 2015
- It's all about the fat: why butter is still not better, 13 February, 2015