'We have wrongfully demonised fats, not all the fats are bad' - Ross Tucker

Ross tucker, Professor of Exercise Physiology at the School of Medicine of the University of Free State argues that there is no 'one size fits all plan' when it comes to a healthy diet.

Tucker disagrees with Tim Noakes's views on nutrition and the Banting concept in the opinion piece he wrote for the Cape Argus on Monday.

Speaking to Cape Talk’s John Maytham, Tucker says not all fats are bad, and gives Noakes credit for bringing this to the fore.. He says that we have unnecessarily and wrongly demonised fats over the past years and it's a good thing this has been redressed.

He says the debate has become too polarised, and ordinary people do not know what to eat anymore. Somewhere in the middle, he argues, is a correct more balanced common sense way of eating.

Listen to the full conversation on the John Maytham Show:

We overplay the dangers of fats and the consequence of that is that we introduce into our diets so many processed foods and too much sugar.

Prof Ross Tucker, professor of Exercise Physiology at Free State University

I think the way it’s been done, the conspiracy theories, extremism and personal nature of the debate, has detracted from what that message could have otherwise have made.

Prof Ross Tucker, professor of Exercise Physiology at Free State University

This is just a call for common sense and balance and evidence because we are clearly not all going to respond to the same way to the same diet

Prof Ross Tucker, professor of Exercise Physiology at Free State University

Ross says that people were bombarded with all these conflicting views on nutrition and wondering what they should eat. He says that there should be balanced based on scientific evidence and a way forward where everyone would benefit


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