Last year Public Health England suggested increasing the proportion of starchy carbohydrates in the diet. Lead researcher Dr Mahshid Dehghan said: “A high carbohydrate diet – greater than 60 per cent of energy – is associated with higher risk of mortality. Higher intake of fats, including saturated fats, are associated with lower risk of mortality.”
But diet had little impact on heart death risk, suggesting it had a greater impact on other killers such as cancer, dementia, and respiratory disease.
Dr Aseem Malhotra, a consultant cardiologist, said it was time “for a complete U-turn” in Britain’s approach to diet, and demonisation of fat. “The sooner we do that the sooner we reverse the epidemic in obesity and diabetes and the sooner we start improving health.”