Today there is a great deal of confusion around nutrition and health. Conflicting views can create a minefield of misinformation and confusion.
A few decades ago, there was no sign of obesity and diabetes epidemics.
A wide range of vegetables and fruit were eaten. Full-cream milk was a staple, butter was used as a spread and fatty dripping was often cooked with.
There were not a lot of low-fat options on offer at the local store. Every morning at school, pupils demolished a bottle of government-supplied full-cream milk. There was hardly a chubby person in sight in old school photos, and type 2 diabetics would have also been few and far between.
Most meals were a healthy mix of fat, protein and carbohydrate. The carbohydrate would have also been in a far more natural state than its highly processed modern counterpart.
In short, we have become badly unstuck.
The following key ideas will explain the reasons why and myth-bust some out-of-date ideas around food.