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The Big Fat Surprise

The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat, and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet

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In The Big Fat Surprise, investigative journalist Nina Teicholz reveals the unthinkable: that everything we thought we knew about dietary fat is wrong. She documents how the low-fat nutrition advice of the past sixty years has amounted to a vast uncontrolled experiment on the entire population, with disastrous consequences for our health.

For decades, we have been told that the best possible diet involves cutting back on fat, especially saturated fat, and that if we are not getting healthier or thinner it must be because we are not trying hard enough. 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 themselves 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. This startling history demonstrates how nutrition science has gotten it so wrong: how overzealous researchers, through a combination of ego, bias, and premature institutional consensus, have allowed dangerous misrepresentations to become dietary dogma.

With eye-opening scientific rigor, The Big Fat Surprise upends the conventional wisdom about all fats with 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.

New York Times bestseller
Named one of The Economist’s Books of the Year 2014
Named one of The Wall Street Journal’s Top Ten Best Nonfiction Books of 2014
Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Books of 2014
Forbes’s Most Memorable Healthcare Book of 2014
Named a Best Food Book of 2014 by Mother Jones
Named one of Library Journal‘s Best Books of 2014

1 review for The Big Fat Surprise

  1. eataupa

    In “The Big Fat Surprise” Nina blasts through conventional food wisdom we have all become accustom to in the Western world. We live by the food pyramid which is based largely on carbs. But there is a massive problem brewing up, chronic disease and obesity are skyrocketing and are a serious problem for society and the survival of the human rave. Nina goes through every detail and references many scientific and peered reviewed data showing how a diet based on animal products is not unhealthy but is linked to many positive health benefits. The world has been misled about saturated fats from animals and have been tough they are a death sentence. Well its not, saturated fat is critical to optimal health. In the day of vegan pressure are every corner, Nina demonstrates how veganism is actually not very healthy for the average person and a balanced diet centric on animal products is critical. I highly recommend this book as it shifted our world view.

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