China’s dietary and health trends. Or, how hundreds of millions of people are being fattened by fat. And being made one of the most diabetic countries in the world.

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Reposted from Twitter, December 16th, 2017.

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  1. Hi, sorry if this question is too loaded, but what would you say is the ideal range for the fat macro – <30% as the guidelines suggested before, 20-35% as suggested now, or even lower? I've seen some dieters use these statistics to say that "fat makes you fat after all" and that the 80/10/10 carbs/protein/fat ratio is the best way to go for health, but I'm unsure as to how much the quality vs the quantity of the macros matters (aka 100% plant-based vs 90% plant-based, low-fat vs mod-fat, etc.)

    1. Quality is paramount. In some cases, higher fat intakes might encourage higher calorie intakes, but this probably largely reflects quality (though I have to limit nuts, personally). Apart from the weight effects, I do not believe that there is good evidence for believing that 80/10/10 is optimal and that people who insist that there is are overstepping the science.

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