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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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“A page turner” (The Economist) and an instant New York Times bestseller, hailed by Ruth Reichl in the Boston Globe as “a wonderful book [that] takes on everything we think we know about nutrition,” this deeply researched, groundbreaking investigation is changing the way America eats.

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 we must not be trying hard enough. But what if the low-fat diet is itself the problem? And the very foods we’ve been denying ourselves—creamy cheeses, sizzling steaks—are the key to reducing obesity, diabetes, and heart disease?

“At last the whole truth about the luscious foods our bodies really need,” cheers bestselling author Dr. Christiane Northrup. Based on a nine-year investigation, journalist Nina Teicholz in The Big Fat Surprise reveals the unthinkable: everything we’ve been told about fat is wrong. She documents how, over the past sixty years, the misinformation about saturated fats took hold in the scientific community and the public imagination, and how recent findings have conclusively overturned these beliefs. She explains why the Mediterranean Diet is not the healthiest; how we might be replacing trans fats with something even worse; and how overzealous researchers, through a combination of ego, bias, and premature consensus, allowed weak science to become dietary dogma.

The Big Fat Surprise boasts “solid, well-reported science…Like a bloodhound, Teicholz tracks the process by which a hypothesis morphs into truth” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). In this vibrant, captivating narrative Teicholz upends the conventional wisdom once and for all, allowing us to finally welcome these delicious foods back into our lives.
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  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 496 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451624434 | 
  • January 2015
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The Big Fat Surprise Introduction
I remember the day I stopped worrying about eating fat. It was long before I started poring over thousands of scientific studies and conducting hundreds of interviews to write this book. Like most Americans, I was following the low-fat advice set forth by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in its food pyramid, and when the Mediterranean diet was introduced in the 1990s, I added olive oil and extra servings of fish while cutting back further on red meat. In following these guidelines,... see more

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