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Low-carb, high fat diet advice questioned – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on May 25th, 2016.

 Experts are questioning the findings of a new report from UK health charities that has called for an overhaul of dietary guidelines. The report, titled Eat Fat, Cut The Carbs and Avoid Snacking To Reverse Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes, was published by the Public Health Collaboration and the National Obesity Foundation, two UK based […]

Dietary fat recommendations – experts respond

Laura Goodall posted in on February 12th, 2015.

A research review published in the journal Open Heart claims that decades-old recommendations on dietary fat intake in the UK and US are completely unfounded. The authors of the study say that the trials that the recommendations were based on did not include any women, and that no trials tested any dietary guidelines or recommended that any dietary guidelines be drawn up. “It […]

Fat review re-ignites debate on NZ diet advice

Laura Goodall posted in on February 12th, 2015.

A research review published in the journal Open Heart claims that decades-old recommendations on dietary fat intake in the UK and US are completely unfounded, sparking debates on whether New Zealand’s Ministry of Health should review its current eating guidelines. The authors of the study say that the studies that the recommendations were based on did not include any women, and that no trials […]

Saturated fats debate plays out in media

John Kerr posted in on October 31st, 2013.

by SMC media advisor John Kerr It was once taken for granted that dietary fat was what made us… well… fat. However, the issue of obesity, its causes and health effects is becoming more muddled in the wake of academics, both in New Zealand and abroad, calling for a re-evaluation of the role of fat […]

Dietary fats and heart disease in New Zealand- experts respond

John Kerr posted in on July 31st, 2013.

Switching ‘bad’ fats for ‘good’ fats in the typical Kiwi diet would have a substantial impact on heart disease in New Zealand, according to a new analysis. The question is, how can we make the change happen? In a new study, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington analysed the data from several international studies […]

Easy-to-understand nutrition info gets green light from researchers

John Kerr posted in on February 1st, 2012.

As New Zealand policy-makers examine ways to help consumers make healthy food choices, a new Otago study has shown that keeping it simple works best.   Researchers at Otago University have shown that a front-of-pack ‘Traffic Light system’ (see image) using a red-yellow-green colour code  for high, medium and low salt content helps consumers make […]

Kiwi diet scrutinised

John Kerr posted in on September 16th, 2011.

A comprehensive nutrition survey has revealed more about what New Zealanders are eating – and how it is affecting our health. Thursday saw the release of the 2008-2009 Adult Nutrition Survey (NZANS) from the Ministry of Health – the first of its kind since the 1997 National Nutrition Survey was carried out. In the survey, […]

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(Updated) New Zealand Diet and Nutrition Survey – Experts Respond

John Kerr posted in on September 15th, 2011.

New Zealand’s latest nutrition survey shows the nation’s obesity epidemic surged ahead over the past dozen years — even though the population’s energy intake levels have dropped. Researchers who conducted the 2008-2009 Adult Nutrition Survey (NZANS) say they suspect this means many people are exercising less than they did when the comparable 1997 National Nutrition […]

NZ must change ‘obesogenic’ environment – Researchers

John Kerr posted in on August 18th, 2011.

New Zealand’s obesity problem is getting worse and researchers are becoming more vocal about the need for action to avoid a looming health crisis. The latest announcement comes in the form of a video produced by the University of Otago (embedded below). The video explores how to change the current “obesogenic” environment – which provides […]

Dr Helen Petousis-Harris: The demonization of fat

Peter Griffin posted in on August 16th, 2010.

From SkepticsNZ: Some of the links between diet and health outcomes in the 1970s were very tenuous. However these have been translated into ‘fact’ and public health policy in the belief that this was for the greater good. This talk explores some of the fallacies behind the ‘science’. Helen Petousis-Harris is a scientist in molecular […]

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