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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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Dish up the red meat, eggs, and whole milk! Veteran food writer Nina Teicholz explains why everything we’ve been told about fat is wrong—and why we should eat more fat to avoid obesity and disease.

For decades, Americans have cut back on red meat and dairy products full of “bad” saturated fats. We complied with nutritional guidelines to eat “heart healthy” fats found in olive oil, fish, and nuts, following a Mediterranean diet heavy on fruits, vegetables, and grains. Yet the nation’s health has declined. What went wrong? In The Big Fat Lie, Teicholz travels back to the beginnings of nutrition science to show how over-zealous researchers made basic scientific mistakes that became enshrined in dietary dogma. Teicholz has pored over the massive research literature, interviewed hundreds of leading experts, and traveled from Tuscany’s oil groves to the seal-hunting coast of Greenland to unravel the distorted claims of nutrition studies. With a lively narrative style akin to Michael Pollan in The Omnivore’s Dilemma and the scientific rigor of Gary Taubes in Good Calories, Bad Calories, Teicholz upends the conventional wisdom about all fats. She shows that reducing fat, especially of the saturated kind, has been disastrous for health, and that neither olive oil nor fish oils have convincingly been shown to prevent disease. Her groundbreaking claim that more dietary fat leads to better health, wellness, and fitness is sure to spark controversy and conversation everywhere.
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  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 496 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451624441 | 
  • May 2014
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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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