The Big Fat Surprise: why butter, meat, and cheese belong in a healthy diet

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Scribe Publications, Jun 30, 2014 - Health & Fitness - 496 pages

In The Big Fat Surprise, investigative journalist Nina Teicholz reveals the unthinkable: that everything we thought we knew about dietary fat is wrong.

For the past 60 years, we have been told that the best possible diet involves cutting back on fat, especially saturated fat. But what if the low-fat diet is itself the problem? What if the very foods we've been denying ourselves — the creamy cheeses, the sizzling steaks — are the key to reversing the epidemics of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease?
In this captivating, vibrant, and convincing narrative, based on a nine-year-long investigation, Teicholz shows how the misinformation about saturated fats took hold in the scientific community and the public imagination, and how recent findings have overturned these beliefs. She explains why the Mediterranean diet is not the healthiest, and how we might be replacing trans fats with something even worse.
With eye-opening scientific rigour, The Big Fat Surprise makes the groundbreaking claim that more, not less, dietary fat — including saturated fat — is what leads to better health and wellness. Science shows that we have been needlessly avoiding meat, cheese, whole milk, and eggs for decades and that we can now, guilt-free, welcome these delicious foods back into our lives.

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User Review  - bodhisattva - LibraryThing

Excellent review of the current state of nuutrition science, with a strong debt to Gary Taubes, showing the errors of the past 50 years and providing strong support for a low carbohydrate diet which adds back healthy animal fats and proteins. Read full review

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User Review  - SiGraybeard - LibraryThing

Very well researched and reported. While it's arguable that much of what she covers is in Gary Tabues' "Why We Get Fat" and "Good Calories, Bad Calories", Teicholz goes deep, adding new information ... Read full review

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About the author (2014)

Nina Teicholz wrote on food and nutrition science for Gourmet and Men’s Health magazines. She was a reporter for National Public Radio for five years, covering Washington, DC, and Latin America. She also contributed, on a variety of topics, to The New Yorker, The Economist, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Salon, among other publications. In addition, she served as the associate director for the Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development at Columbia University. Teicholz was a student of biology at Yale and Stanford universities and earned a graduate degree from Oxford University. She lives in New York City with her husband and their sons.

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