Sugar did not make you fat, contrary to myth and has been unfairly demonised by many including scientists.

“Sugar has been unfairly demonised in the national dietary guidelines,” said consultant dietitian Bill Shrapnel, deputy chairman of the Sydney University Nutrition Research Foundation, told The Australian.

Mr Shrapnel and Sydney University nutritionist Prof. Jennie Brand-Miller,is highly critical Australian Dietary Guidelines prepared by a National Health & Medical Research Council working group newly released draft.

A list of the key recommendations, but without their scientific justification, was posted recently on the NH&MRC website and discussed by the council last week.

Reflecting existing guidelines, the draft document recommends people limit their intake of foods and drinks containing fats, salt, alcohol and sugar.

“Unlike saturated fats, trans fats, salt and alcohol, sugar doesn’t actually do any direct harm to the human body,” said Professor Brand-Miller, author of The Low GI Diet and recipient this month of an Order of Australia.

Mr Shrapnel and Professor Brand-Miller argue a sweet touch at the end of a meal isn’t a dietary sin.

Sydney restaurateur Lucio Galletto couldn’t agree more.

“A beautiful dessert with different types of sugar makes you feel good. Sugar is not why you get fat.”

Professor Brand-Miller says he’s correct. Studies show that Australians are eating less sugar, but gaining more weight.