Tony also argues that we are not being given the right guidelines to live by. “The first thing that the health professional decision makers have to understand is that all calories are not equal”, he says. “500 calories of sugar, simple carbohydrates and saturated animal fat has a totally different effect on the body as 500 calories of antioxidant, fibre, essential fat, vitamin and mineral rich foods.
“The Oxford study on heart health suggests we don’t reap any meaningful benefit from fruit and vegetables until we reach eight portions of fruit and vegetables per day, not five.”
“The obvious solution would be to remove subsidies on foods rich in saturated animal fats and sugar so that it reflects its’ true cost”, he says. “Fast food restaurants would have no option but to be more creative with fruit and vegetables as in Thai, Chinese and Indian cuisine.”