Low-fat, no-fat, reduced-fat labels have become a staple of food packaging marketed towards those trying to get in better shape. But according to one outspoken health organization, following a low fat diet could lead to "disastrous health consequences."
A new report by the National Obesity Forum and the Public Health Collaboration in Britain calls for a "major overhaul" of current dietary guidelines, and accuses major public health bodies of conspiring with big food companies and being "corrupted by commercial influences," as The Independent reports.
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"The change in dietary advice to promote low-fat foods is perhaps the biggest mistake in modern medical history," says Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a senior adviser to the National Obesity Forum. "We must urgently change the message to the public to reverse obesity and type 2 diabetes. Eat fat to get slim, don't fear fat, fat is your friend. It's now truly time to bring back the fat."