Dish up the red meat, eggs, and whole milk! In this well-researched and captivating narrative, veteran food writer Nina Teicholz proves how everything we’ve been told about fat is wrong.
For decades, Americans have cut back on red meat and dairy products full of “bad” saturated fats. We obediently complied with nutritional guidelines to eat “heart healthy” fats found in olive oil, fish, and nuts, and followed a Mediterranean diet heavy on fruits, vegetables, and grains. Yet the nation’s health has declined. What is going on?
In The Big Fat Surprise, Teicholz reveals how sixty years of nutrition science has gotten it so wrong: how overzealous researchers have made basic scientific mistakes that, through a mix of ego and bias, allow dangerous misrepresentations to become dogma, and how scientists who dared oppose this consensus have been ostracized. For eight years, Teicholz has pored over the massive research literature and interviewed hundreds of leading experts to unravel the shockingly distorted claims of nutrition studies. She brings these researchers to life and shows how their ambitions, loyalties, and rivalries have undermined a field of research already full of difficult pitfalls.
With a lively narrative style akin to Michael Pollan’s in The Omnivore’s Dilemma and the scientific rigor of Gary Taubes in Good Calories, Bad Calories, Teicholz convincingly upends the conventional wisdom about all fats. Her groundbreaking claim is that more dietary fat leads to better health, wellness, and fitness. Science shows that reducing the saturated fat in our diets has been disastrous for our health as a nation, and we can, guilt-free, welcome these “whole fats” back into our lives.
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Fantastic Book; Great Narration
I loved this book. It is very well researched yet told like an unfolding story. Nina's work finally puts a nail in the coffin of those food fascists who've been making Americans sick for the last 100 years.
Saturated fat and dietary cholesterol are NOT the problem; if anything, they've always been the solution. While many "experts" still try to write off low-carb diets like paleo and Atkins as fads, Nina's work exposes these experts for the frauds they are, using their own work against them to show how carbs are the problem.
The narration if this audio version was well done and kept my focus throughout.
On a personal note, I've struggled with digestive and autoimmune diseases for nearly 10 years. No doctor has ever helped, and it wasn't until I finally tried the paleo diet a few months back that i finally turned things around. I feel better now than I ever have in my life, my digestion is great, and my autoimmune issues are now in remission.
Excellent information. Great intentions and big egos have once again screwed the American best interests. Great investigational work by the author.