Controversial author David Gillespie is back. He’s now telling us everything we know about fats is wrong. Zoe Wilson has the low-down.
David Gillespie, author of the book, Sweet Poison, that added to the current fad for sugar-free diets, has a new book out. It’s going to do for fat what his previous best sellers did for sugar. That is, confuse and mislead a lot of people.
Toxic Oil – why vegetable oil will kill you and how to save yourself claims to have found a health conspiracy; that eating vegetable oils, such as canola, lead to cancer and heart disease.
“Every mouthful of vegetable oil you consume takes you one step closer to a deadly (and irreversible) outcome,” he writes. Scary stuff, which he claims is proven by scientific studies. However, the majority of the nutrition community disagrees.
“David Gillespie assumes people are eating enormous amounts of polyunsaturated fats,” comments nutritionist Rosemary Stanton. She said she’d agree with him more if people were actually eating the amounts of these fats he claims, but they’re not. And he’s overreacting. “He thinks that if a lot is hazardous, then so is a little bit.”
Gillespie’s solution? Cut out all polyunsaturated fats and eat more saturated fat. He says we should eat butter, drink full-fat milk, chomp through bacon and eggs for breakfast and enjoy a meat pie for lunch and “the science says you will significantly increase your chances of living a long and hopefully happy life.”
But, this is a message completely at odds with national and international health authorities including the World Health Organisation, the Heart Foundation and the Australian Dietary Guidelines.
To me, Gillespie’s latest offering is sensationalist and irresponsible. Where are the fruit and vegies? And exercise?
I know I trust the guidelines that are based on more than 55,000 scientific papers, rather than a few 40 year-old studies, that have since been disproved.
You certainly won’t catch me scarfing down a meat pie for lunch any time soon.
Gillespie’s sample menu
Breakfast: “Eggs and bacon, sausages or steak”
Morning tea: “Dextrose Anzac biscuit”
Lunch: “A meat pie or sausage roll”
Afternoon tea: “Potato crisps or popcorn cooked in olive oil”
Dinner: “Anything fried in animal fat or olive oil”