In The Big Fat Surprise, investigative journalist Nina Teicholz reveals the unthinkable: that everything we thought we knew about dietary fat is wrong.
For the past 60 years, we have been told that the best possible diet involves cutting back on fat, especially saturated fat. 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 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.
With eye-opening scientific rigour, The Big Fat Surprise makes 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.
Read Caroline Baum's Review
Forget everything you thought about weight loss and fat. Turns out, eating it does not make you it. That's a pretty big reversal to swallow I know, but by the time you've read this compelling analysis of how we came to believe that the Mediterranean diet was the one to follow, that there was no more health enhancing ambrosia than olive oil (and other vegetable oils) and that we should avoid butter, cream and meat, you too will realise how misguided most diet advice has been till now and how it has been determined by inconsistent weak science. Meanwhile voices presenting an alternative viewpoint have been smothered.
This is clear, well-written, and more importantly well-researched, unbiased health journalism that documents the complex route that led to the developed world's current obesity epidemic by making the wrong choices. Guaranteed to have a significant impact on the way most of us regard fat, sugar and carbohydrates until the next big diet shock comes along.
About the Author
Nina Teicholz wrote on food and nutrition science for Gourmet and Men’s Health magazines. She was a reporter for National Public Radio for five years, covering Washington, DC, and Latin America. She also contributed, on a variety of topics, to The New Yorker, The Economist, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Salon, among other publications. In addition, she served as the associate director for the Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development at Columbia University. Teicholz was a student of biology at Yale and Stanford universities and earned a graduate degree from Oxford University. She lives in New York City with her husband and their sons.
'The Big Fat Surprise is refreshingly empowering.' David Perlmutter, MD, author of the New York Times bestseller Grain Brain
'Solid, well-reported science . . . Like a bloodhound, Teicholz tracks the process by which a hypothesis morphs into truth without the benefit of supporting data.' Kirkus Review (Starred)
'A page-turner story of science gone wrong . . . Teicholz recounts the statistical cherry-picking, political finagling, and pseudoscientific bullying that brought us to yet another of the biggest mistakes in health and nutrition.' William Davies, MD, author of the New York Times bestseller Wheat Belly
Published: 25th June 2014
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.4 x 3.6
Weight (kg): 0.65