Guide­lines on diet ‘need to change’

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS -

OUR cur­rent di­etary guide­lines are wrong and are mak­ing the epi­demic of obe­sity, type 2 di­a­betes and other chronic ill­nesses worse, ac­cord­ing to Aus­tralian of the Year Dr James Muecke.

The oph­thal­mol­o­gist, who has spent a life­time treat­ing blind­ness and its lead­ing cause — type 2 di­a­betes — said by the end of his ten­ure as Aus­tralian of the Year he would like to see a pub­lic aware­ness cam­paign — sim­i­lar to anti-smok­ing — high­light­ing as­pects of the di­etary guide­lines he claims are “lit­er­ally killing us”.

“I’ve felt re­spon­si­bil­ity as a doc­tor to get to the root of the cause of type 2 di­a­betes, which is in essence sugar, and I’ve been point­ing out the Aus­tralian guide­lines for healthy eat­ing are full of prod­ucts which to me are per­haps even driv­ing this di­a­betic epi­demic.

“Re­fined car­bo­hy­drates — white rice, white flour and the prod­ucts made from it — bread and pasta — are vir­tu­ally pure starch, and when it reaches the gut (it) is con­verted to glu­cose, so you are pretty much eat­ing sugar,” he said.

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