Diet, not sugar to blame

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The sugar industry in the US has come under fire for manipulating nutrition messages and steering attention away from sugar and towards fat, but an Australian obesity expert argues the focus on a single ingredient is misleading and detracts from the real issue – our overall diet.

“The food industry loves the debate on sugar versus fat, low-carb diets, low-fat diets, no-sugar diets and so on because it detracts from the real issue: the amount of junk foods, discretionary foods, call it what you will, that we are consuming,” said Sydney University’s Professor of Public Health Nutrition Timothy Gill.

Professor Gill was responding to recent articles in JAMA Internal Medicine1 and The New York Times2, which revealed the sugar industry in the US paid scientists in the 1960s to play down the link between sugar and heart disease

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