I'd been sensing a pendulum swing away from the recommendations for eating low-fat food whenever possible, and towards a more positive attitude to things like full cream milk and butter. This had made me feel less guilty about eating such things. However, it seems there are many different opinions, even within the scientific community, re what is best to eat...
A report by the National Obesity Forum suggests eating fat could help cut obesity and type 2 diabetes. The charity said promoting low-fat food had had "disastrous health consequences" and should be reversed.
Other experts have criticised the report saying it cherry-picked and misquoted evidence. Naveed Sattar, a professor of metabolic medicine at the University of Glasgow, said the report was "good, bad and ugly".
He backed calls to cut snacking, but said eating more fat as a cure for obesity and type 2 diabetes was "not warranted" by the evidence and would have "adverse" consequences.
He said the authors had been selective in their choice of evidence and had ignored "an abundant literature which goes against their conclusions".
Dr Nita Forouhi says the report contains some important omissions and some references had been misrepresented such as the recommendations around vegetable oils.
The scientist, at the MRC epidemiology unit at the University of Cambridge, told the BBC: "This is a highly selective review, it is not a systematic appraisal of the evidence and in places opinions are expressed that are not backed up by a body of evidence."
She praised the call to lower refined carbohydrates, but said the overall message to cut carbs ignored the issue of quality as "we do need wholegrain carbs and fibre in out diet".
So, maybe the jury is still out, re fatty foods... They're probably not as bad as we'd been led to believe, but I don't suppose it's a good idea to eat them excessively. Balance in all things.. I'm sure everyone would agree that we should be eating plenty of fresh fruit and veg though, especially the more colourful ones.
Photo is not of anything edible, but bluebells in the woods near us.