Media release


New report calls for major overhaul of dietary guidelines


25 May 2016


A recent report by the National Obesity Forum and the Public Health Collaboration calling for a major overhaul of current dietary guidelines has sparked a debate in the headlines.

According to the Guardian, the report claims that urging people to follow low-fat diets and to lower their cholesterol is having “disastrous health consequences”, arguing that saturated fat does not cause heart disease, and people with type 2 diabetes should eat a fat-rich diet rather than one based on carbohydrates.

The Telegraph commented that the report has "provoked a broad backlash among the scientific community". Public Health England's Chief Nutritionist, Dr Alison Tedstone, the BBC reports, has said that the advice to eat more fat is irresponsible. 

Lynne Elliot, Chief Executive of the Vegetarian Society, said: "Knowing what you should and should not be eating can be difficult for anyone – and conflicting expert advice just compounds the problem. To help make things easier, the Vegetarian Society has developed a five-week long, nutritionally-balanced healthy-eating plan – available for free from By following these simple, tasty and easy-to-make recipes, you can take the guesswork out of knowing what your body needs to be healthy." 

A selection of the recipes from the healthy-eating plan is also available in the Vegetarian Society's new cook book: Happy, Healthy and Delicious, available from priced £9.99 + P&P.

The Vegetarian Society is a charity that influences, inspires and supports people to embrace and maintain a vegetarian lifestyle. Being a vegetarian is a choice that is kinder to animals, to people and to our living planet. Established in 1847, we are the oldest vegetarian organisation in the world. Visit for more information.


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