The good oil on fad diet

23 Jul, 2013 02:00 AM
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Messages coming from this book serve to only confuse consumers, and possibly risk their health

THE Australian oilseeds industry is disappointed a fad diet claiming all seed-based edible oil is bad for humans continues to get media attention, but says it is happy in the knowledge the nutritional facts suggest otherwise.

Former lawyer David Gillespie has created a hype with his diets which focus on the evils of sugar and seed-based oils.

He advocates replacing oils with animal-based fats, which he says the human body is better equipped to handle.

However, Australian Oilseeds Federation (AOF) executive director Nick Goddard said he believed consumers were now sophisticated enough to make their own evidence-based decisions.

“There was a fair bit of publicity about his book (Toxic Oils) but fortunately there was also a lot of rebuttal from credible organisations.

“The fact is that bodies such as the Australian Heart Foundation and the CSIRO recognise the health benefits of seed-based plant oils.”

Mr Goddard said the oilseeds industry was becoming used to dealing with negative claims made by proponents of fad diets.

“It’s something that seems to raise its head every so often, but we’ve got the evidence on our side.

“Claims like the ones Mr Gillespie makes contradict the evidence from leading public health agencies around the world.

“The assertion in the book that the consumption of vegetable oils is killing us is absurd, and without any sound and factual research-based evidence.”

Mr Goddard said it was disappointing to see the disproportionate amount of attention fad diets received compared to the research of established nutritionalists.

“Fifty years of extensive, population-based research continues to amplify the message that switching from saturated fats to unsaturated fats is the right thing to do for heart health.”

“Messages coming from this book serve to only confuse consumers, and possibly risk their health and wellbeing,” Mr Goddard said.

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Gregor Heard

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Merinoman
23/07/2013 5:05:13 AM

Coconut oil is better for good health Look up www.coconutmagic.com
holisticmick
23/07/2013 6:33:50 AM

“The fact is that bodies such as the Australian Heart Foundation and the CSIRO recognise the health benefits of seed-based plant oils.” To me is a real concern, will these organisation be liable in the future, for recommending and supporting the consumption of these oils, as evidence starts to emerge all over the globe. It has been a political decision and not a health decision. Youtube- The Men Who Made Us Fat
Jen from the bush
23/07/2013 6:46:35 AM

Eat meat and fat from pasture fed beef. That way less likely to get any extras in your food. Far more likely to be being sickened/killed by the extras such as insecticides and herbicides than anything else A peanut isn't a peanut anymore - especially if imported from China!
holisticmick
23/07/2013 6:54:14 AM

“Fifty years of extensive, population-based research continues to amplify the message that switching from saturated fats to unsaturated fats is the right thing to do for heart health.” Since 1900 the consumption of saturated fat has declined 83% and vegetable oil consumption has increased over 500%. At the same time heart disease incidences has sky rocketed. There is your evidence. Go into a supermarket and look for saturated fat, you will find very little, look for vegetable oil and the place is full of it, and our heart disease problems are at epidemic levels.
W A Price
23/07/2013 8:29:25 AM

Do not eat oils that your grandmother did not eat. Your grandmother would not have eaten margarine or canola but would have eaten butter, ghee, coconut oil, lard and cold pressed olive oil. This is a matter of life and death!
eco
23/07/2013 1:20:41 PM

Must get that book, sounds like a good read. -I'm fed up with these "fad" scientific breakthroughs telling us foods that have fed us for centuries are bad. Then they change there minds and jump on the next band wagon; remember Avocados and Eggs!
ggwagga
23/07/2013 4:28:15 PM

Merinoman is on the money and totally correct with regards to coconut oil. As for canola oil, avoid it like the plague, especially GM canola.
Jo
23/07/2013 8:54:25 PM

You'll find no margaine in my fridge or canola oil in my pantry. Yes to coconut oil.
Bill Pounder
24/07/2013 1:59:40 AM

Ophthalmologist radio regular said canola's erucic acid gets trapped in the eyes macula & contributes to degeneration. He said on a number of occasions that he has done many autopsies & found the acid in the macula. So it's Aust'n olive oil for me thanks & maybe time for canola growers to start thinking of alternative crops before the class actions start.
Now in NZ
24/07/2013 5:49:42 AM

I will eat what I damn well choose to....
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