It’s always difficult to capture in a few words the changing state of modern nutrition, the implications of new scientific findings, the wisdom of calls for change to dietary advice and the conservative response. Yet Professor Jennie Brand-Miller from the University of Sydney managed to do it at a recent food labelling conference in a presentation titled ‘Old nutrition, new nutrition’.
Brand-Miller began by stating: The old nutrition goes like this ….
- Foods can be dissected into macronutrients
- Saturated fat is the main dietary risk factor for cardiovascular disease
- A low fat diet is best for prevention of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease
- “Eat a diet that is low in fat and high in complex carbohydrate”
- “Eat plenty of cereals, breads, rice, pasta and noodles, preferably wholegrain”
And then she took old nutrition apart, highlighting how the nutrition landscape had changed over the past decade or so: