Did anyone watch this programme? I've just caught up with it on the iplayer. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01jxzv8/The_Men_Who_Made_Us_Fat_Episode_1/ It appears that all the advice we've been given since the 70s about having a low-fat diet has been misleading. Scientists are now saying that the over-consumption of fructose, which you will find in virtually every processed food, is causing obesity rather than the consumption of fat itself. Apparently, fructose gets converted into fat within our bodies. It's an interesting programme that looks at why decisions about the food we consume have been taken, politically in our best interests, but with subsequent consequences to our health.In the 1970s, rising food costs in America became a political issue, so the solution was to create a massive increase in the size of farms producing corn to become animal feed. There was an economic benefit, because surplus corn can be converted into fructose instead of rotting. One example looked at the replacement of sugar with fructose in Coca cola gave a 20% saving in cost, enabling bucket-sized portions to be sold. There are a few ads that took me back down memory lane. "Milky Way, the sweet you can eat between meals without ruining your appetite" "A finger of Fudge is just enough to give your kids a treat" Both full of fructose, which interestingly, has the ability to disrupt the normal signals our brain receives to tell us to stop eating. I gather that the next episode will look at marketing strategies in changing portion sizes to be larger and more profitable. I can't wait to watch it.