Fat, Sugar, Salt What do you do when the evidence changes?

Three ice-cream sundaes with smiley faces painted on them in chocolate


Earlier this year, The Atlantic published a long article looking into what it called “Nutrition Science’s Most Preposterous Result,” the very robust finding that people who ate a modicum of ice cream each week were less likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes. But while nutritionists were happy to recommend (low-fat) yoghurt, which seemed to offer similar protection, nowhere was ice-cream mentioned. David Johns wrote that article, and had previously looked into guidelines on cutting salt and the Big Sugar anti-fat conspiracy that never was. An interesting person to talk to about the intersection between nutrition science and public policy.


  1. Could ice cream possibly be good for you?.
  2. Was there ever really a “sugar conspiracy”? is behind a paywall, but you should be able to find a copy if you look. Or ask.
  3. Likewise Controversial Salt Report Peppered with Uncertainty.
  4. Transcript for your reading pleasure.

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