Counting calories? Don’t bother – experts
Stop counting calories and reduce your sugar intake.
This is the message from a group of experts who have found that certain foods with a higher calorie content can actually help cut the risk of heart attacks, strokes and other health problems.
Writing in a leading medical journal, Dr Aseem Malhotra, a public health campaigner and cardiologist at the US’s National Health Service, says “not all calories are the same”.
The Independent reports Malhotra as pointing to a can of cool drink, which contains 150 calories but is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, as an example. This contrasts with four tablespoons of virgin olive oil a day, at 500 calories, but which has been shown to reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks.
“Before we had the obesity epidemic, do you think our grandparents were counting calories? The only people who benefit from counting are companies that sell low-fat junk food based on low calories, but full of sugar, which is lower in calories than fat,” he writes.
He says people must supplement their diets with extra virgin olive oil, nuts, fruits, vegetables, oily fish and other foods with a higher calorie content, but low on sugar.
Diet experts disagree, saying it’s wrong to create a “false choice” between calorie counting and nutritional value. – Staff reporter