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Who's behind the Fat Panel? [Mar. 12th, 2009|12:34 pm]
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You may have noticed a story in other papers today about high saturated fat in recipes by the likes of Rick Stein, Nigella Lawson and other chefs.

Saturated fat is bad for our hearts and the Food Standards Agency has launched a campaign urging us to eat less, for instance by switching to leaner meat or lower-fat milk.

A panel of nutritionists called The Fat Panel is behind today's reports. What is the Fat Panel? Several papers describe it today as "an independent panel of experts." This is how it is described on its website, which makes no mention of its backers.

The Fat Panel is wholly funded by the Margarine and Spreads Association, whose members unsurprisingly make margarine: Unilever (Flora), Dairy Crest (Clover), and Kerry Group (Move Over Butter).

Is margarine healthier than butter? It seems so, judging by the Food Standards Agency's advice:

'Margarine is lower in saturated fat than butter. Whether you choose to eat butter, margarine or low-fat spread depends on your taste and personal preference. But bear in mind that we should get no more than 35% of our total daily energy (calories) from fat, and no more than 11% from saturated fat. This means we should eat high-fat foods in small amounts.

'So, it's OK to eat a small amount of butter as part of a healthy balanced diet, but you miht find that using low-fat spreads will help you reduce the amount of fat in your diet, and contribute to an overall healthy diet.'

So, margarine: high in fat, a bit better than butter, but... far from transparent.
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From: deeflymaster
2009-03-12 02:41 pm (UTC)

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I don't want to see a 'Fat Panel' I want to see a sugar, flour and grain panel. I want to see real people on this panel not those corrupted by food manufacturers and promotional boards. I want people who know what they are talking about, not diktat spouters, scientists in the pay of drug companies and food industry. I want to see people who actually KNOW how fats work and how sugar kills. Bearing in mind that the Fat Panel is wholly funded by purveyors of fake fats, hydrogenated veg oils and rancid veg oils whose main aim is to push their disease causing products at the expense of pure, natural fats like butter and coconut oil, no-one can believe a word they say. Margarine, by the way, is not even edible, the body cannot digest it. Fats are essential to the body, along with proteins they are the macronutrients we NEED. Sugars are not essential, dietary requirement for carbohydrate is ZERO. Because we need fats to assimilate fat soluble vitamins eating low fat meat and drinking low fat milk is pointless. You can't even get calcium from milk without vitamin D a fat soluble vitamin. Skimmed milk is nothing more than white water, devoid of all nutrition that a body can use. Bring back raw unpasteurised non-homogonised milk.

The recipes of the zelebrity chefs aren't bad because they contain butter and cream, they are deadly because they contain sugar and flour. Chefs might put together what they think are pretty meals, but they know squat about nutrition and what happens to the foodstuffs once it gets into the body.

I recommend to all who are interested:

Good Calories Bad Calories by Gary Taubes
Sugar Blues by William Dufty
Trick and Treat by Dr Barry Groves

to start with. Then tell me that saturated fat is bad - you won't because you can't.