The United States is not alone in waging a war against obesity. Now the United Kingdom is stepping up to the plate by asking food manufacturers to take a voluntary pledge to cut saturated fat levels, reported the BBC News on October 26.
But not everyone is convinced that the pledge, called the "Responsibility Deal," will make a difference. The "deal" between the U.K. government and the food industry is designed to battle obesity by reducing trans fat and calories in foods.
However, it's "a drop in the ocean" in the battle against obesity, said one top public health expert, Professor John Ashton. President of the Faculty of Public Health, Professor Ashton contends that the approach "lacked credibility."
Several British candy manufacturers have committed to the new government pledge to reduce the amount of saturated fat in their products, reported the U.K. Express on October 26. Among the chocolate treats that will be impacted: Kit-Kats, which manufacturer Nestle plans to reformulate.
In addition, several supermarkets in the U.K. including Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsbury's have pledged to reduce the amount of saturated fat in their brand name products.
A problem in reaping the rewards of this pledge: Most people do not really understand what saturated fat means. A poll conducted by Sainsbury's revealed that:
- 84 percent of adults do not know how much fat is considered healthy
- One in five think all types of fat are bad for your health.
- 66 percent of the 2,000 UK adults surveyed admitted that they were confused by different types of fat.
Commenting on the UK survey, high fat ketogenic diet expert Ben Greenfield said he believes those statistics are "totally true for the United States as well." Read about Ben's recent podcast with a professor studying the benefits of high fat diets by clicking here.
In addition to the confusion about high fat diets in the UK, a world-wide problem - and potentially a more serious one, according to many health experts: Saturated fat is not necessarily the enemy in the war against obesity.
It is time to "bust the myth of the role of saturated fat in heart disease," declared cardiologist Dr. Aseem Malhotra in the British Medical Journal recently. And he's not alone.
Will the United States follow suit? And is saturated fat truly the culprit? Learn more by reading: