Dr Aseem Malhotra is a British consultant cardiologist and a key speaker at the first international low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) conference in Cape Town in February 2015. Malhotra is also that rare but growing breed: a cardiologist with an open mind and heart.

He is science director of Action on Sugar, a group of 23 specialists working to reduce sugar consumption in that country.

Here, in a Q&A on the conference, Malhotra tells me why he decided to attend. Malhotra also makes crystal clear his views on cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins and why fat phobia is not scientific.  

 By Marika Sboros

You once wanted to be a professional cricketer.  Cricketing’s loss is clearly cardiology’s gain.  Why didn’t you become a cricketer?

I’ve always had a passion for sport.  I played at a good level in cricket at school I used to open the batting for my