Health Sachet No 312:

Previous health sachet had mentioned that the health guidelines in 1970s wrongly advised skimmed milk as preferable to high-fat milk. But how did *fat* become such an enemy?

Recent exposé showed that the sugar industry paid off Harvard scientists in 1967 to publish a false report linking heart disease and obesity with dietary fat and hide the real cause: Sugar.

As a result, for 50 years, we have been cautioned to eat low-fat food, which often contained a lot of sugar to improve the taste.

Last year, Coca Cola was found funding millions of dollars for research to play down the link between sugary drinks and obesity.

In June, it was reported that candy makers were funding studies that claimed that children who eat candy tend to weigh less than those who do not.

• Do not blindly rely on official dietary guidelines.
• Use common sense, wherever possible.
• Be willing to change, in light of new evidence.