The Big Fat Surprise - Nina Teicholz

The Big Fat Surprise

By Nina Teicholz

  • Release Date: 2014-05-13
  • Genre: Health & Fitness
We rated this book with: 5/5 stars

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A 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


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.

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  • The big fat surprise

    5
    By Jessswope
    This was a great follow up to good calories bad calories. We need more truthful information like this. Jess Swope
  • Should be required reading

    5
    By EastBay38
    This book should be required reading for all Americans. The question of what we eat is so fundamental, and Nina Teicholz does a masterful job presenting the evidence against carbohydrate-rich diets and for high-fat, high-protein ones. This seemed counterintuitive to me until I read the book. Then I read it and it fundamentally changed how I look at food. This book is extremely well-researched and annotated. The author went back through much of the scientific literature in history to research this book. Thank you Ms. Teicholz, you have written a book that has changed my view of nutrition, and will hopefully start our way back from the obesity epidemic we are facing today. Well done!
  • Please make this into a movie

    5
    By nygrowler
    This may be one of the most important books you read for one reason: it can lift a life-long unsubstantiated fear of saturated fats and allow you to truly enjoy foods that are healthy for you. Ms. Teicholz provides a comprehensive review of all major epidemiological and clinical studies regarding saturated fat over the last 50 years, exposing the dangerous combination of weak evidence, big egos, selection bias (bad science), and the unintended consequences of good intentions. Given this history, there is no scientific basis for avoiding saturated fats, and, in fact, they should be embraced: the low-fat craze has replaced saturated fat with sugar and been an absolute disaster for the public health.
  • Enlightening but sad

    4
    By remogav
    I am gutted and speechless, what a great work and good book. I went almost vegetarian for 2 years with relatively good results but now I see at what cost!!! I would like to be alive in 50 years to see where nutrition science has got us to... It is shockingly in its infancy and full of vested interests.
  • Shocking, Fascinating Stuff

    1
    By JLubbs88
    If you like seeing how the "sausage" that is dietary science, is made then this book is for you. After losing and keeping off 45 lbs (2 years now) on a diet inspired by my reading of Gary Taubes books and seeing blood tests with almost no triglycerides or glucose I wondered how the science could've missed this for so long. This book shows you how a unique blend of arrogance and and a prideful inability to admit mistakes among a group of researchers took us to where we are today. Think of the millions that have died prematurely if this is indeed the case...
  • Love the details

    5
    By Pasour
    After reading Mr Taubes book, I wandered what this book would offer me. I was pleasantly surprised of the details she documented and the interviews conducted to get at the truth. I don't think many "can handle the truth" in the conclusion chapter but job well done to this author.
  • Required Reading

    5
    By Mr. Drug
    This books clearly outlines (in great detail) how science was manipulated in the early 50's and 60's to make saturated fat the culprit for heart disease. This conventional wisdom is completely false and fabricated, and recent evidence has since proved it - including a meta-analysis of over 200,000 people that found no link whatsoever to saturated fat and heart disease. This book might make you angry for two reasons. First, if you have believed that the benefits of a low fat, high carb diet - the food pyramid - is fact-based, you are in for a surprise. There are no facts supporting this diet. The food pyramid is based on false and misleading evidence and is potentially harmful to your health. Second, it is aggravating to see how science is manipulated to prove something that scientists want to be true. This happens all too often in medicine when studies are either intentionally or unintentionally designed to prove conventional wisdom. It is even more aggravating when real evidence that is counter to conventional wisdom is presented and ignored or scuttled. Such is the case with saturated fat, and it is analagous to H. pylori and ulcers, salt restriction, breast feeding, global warming, etc. When the stongest evidence is contrary to conventional wisdom, the scientific community often seems to reject it outright, oftentimes with anger and disdain. Ms. Teicholz does a very thorough and excellent job outlining the history of the saturated fat myth. The objective reader will find themselves mesmerized as they learn how this myth was woven into current culture and the real facts about diet and health.
  • Everyone should read this book

    5
    By Puppy dogs rock!
    Ms. Teicholz researched this topic for 9 years. She has done an amazing job pulling together an enormous amount of information that has previously been pushed down and ignored by a lot of people in both science and nutrition for their own egotistical and financial desires. I am grateful to the author and I hope that everyone reads this book. You will be glad that you did.
  • Paid off or a complete idiot!

    1
    By Joeflah14
    See title, above.

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