Food firms linked to watchdog’s trashing of ‘eat less carbs’ report

The government health watchdog enlisted the support of an industry-funded body whose members include Kellogg and Warburtons — to help rebut a report claiming consumers should eat more fat and fewer carbohydrates.

Public Health England (PHE) sought the help of the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) — a charity with close links to the food industry — to criticise the report Eat Fat, Cut the Carbs and Avoid Snacking To Reverse Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. The charity’s other corporate members include Coca-Cola, Mars UK and United Biscuits.

Zoe Harcombe, a public health nutrition researcher who contributed to the report, said it was inappropriate for PHE to be working “hand in glove” with BNF over nutrition advice: “The BNF is funded by companies with a vested interest in people eating more carbohydrates and processed foods.”

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