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.