Comment: BBC’s Sugar vs Fat programme. Some revolutionary findings.
The recent TV programme on BBC2 Sugar vs Fat featuring Dr Chris and Dr Xand Van Tulleken explored the myths around low-fat and low-sugar diets.
The two doctors featured in the programme are identical twins and each was assigned a special diet: either a low-fat diet or a low-sugar diet according to a nutritional plan devised by Amanda Ursell.
At the end of a month trial period, the doctors discovered some counter-intuitive facts about their diets. While both diets were deemed to be unhealthy, Dr Xand, who was put on a high fat diet, found out that he had lost more muscle mass compared to his twin brother.
Another shocking finding was that the combination of both fat and sugar in food (for example, processed foods like icecream and cheesecake) have a tremendously addictive effect on the brain and on the body. The lethal combination of sugar and fat in the same meal triggers a whole series of chemical reaction in the brain comparable to the effects of hard drugs, while the body will start piling on the pounds at an accelerated rate.
What can we learn from this experiment? A diet based on natural, healthy, unprocessed foods is the key to wellbeing and for preventing degenerative diseases like diabetes and heart disease.