Ask an Expert: Fat-free or sugar-free? The verdict

By Dr Peter Brukner
Updated September 23 2017 - 2:37am, first published 2:31am
Ditch the sugar over fat, advises Peter Bruckner.

Back in the last century, there was a big turf war in nutrition about the cause of the increasing incidence of obesity and cardiovascular disease. In the UK there was Dr John Yudkin, the author of Pure, White and Deadly – how sugar is killing us and what we can do to stop it. In the US there was Ancel Keys who, on the basis of some dubious research, was pushing the line that fat, and in particular cholesterol and saturated fat, was the cause of heart attacks.