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?
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
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
conventional wisdom about all fats with the groundbreaking claim that
more, not less, dietary fat—including saturated fat—is what
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.
The Big Fat Surprise
Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet
by Nina Teicholz
Simon & Schuster, 2014
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