The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet

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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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‘A striking study ... which may well change the way you eat. I, for one, won’t ever hesitate to order a steak again.’

(Erica Wagner Financial Times)

'Deeply disturbing in showing how overenthusiastic scientists, poor science, massive conflicts of interest, and politically driven policy makers can make deeply damaging mistakes ... This book shook me ... Teicholz has done a remarkable job.'

(Richard Smith , British Medical Journal)

'Hugely refreshing ... [The Big Fat Surprise] picks holes in old nutritional studies to reveal that a higher fat diet is almost certainly healthier in every way than one low in fat and high in carbohydrates. A fresh and thought-provoking outlook that will have you reaching for the creamy cheeses, sausages and bacon.'

(Daily Mail)

'For decades we've been trying to eat less fat, particularly animal fat. We've replaced that fat with vegetable fat, carbohydrate and sugar. And now look at us. This book is about a scientific mistake. It's important.'

(Evening Standard)

'Ms Teicholz’s book is a gripping read for anyone who has ever tried to eat healthily ... This is not an obvious page-turner. But it is ... The vilification of fat, argues Ms Teicholz, does not stand up to closer examination. She pokes holes in famous pieces of research ― the Framingham heart study, the Seven Countries study, the Los Angeles Veterans Trial, to name a few ― describing methodological problems or overlooked results, until the foundations of this nutritional advice look increasingly shaky.'

(The Economist)

‘Someone ought to hand a copy of The Big Fat Surprise to the Department of Health.’

(Kate Spicer Red)

'[Teicholz] has a gift for translating complex data into an engaging forensic narrative ... [The Big Fat Surprise] is a lacerating indictment of Big Public Health ... More than a book about food and health or even hubris; it is a tragedy for our information age. From the very beginning, we had the statistical means to understand why things did not add up; we had a boatload of Cassandras, a chorus of warnings; but they were ignored, castigated, suppressed. We had our big fat villain, and we still do.'

(Wall Street Journal)

‘There aren't enough superlatives to describe this journalistic tour de force. I read it twice: once for the information and again just for the writing.’

(Michael R. Eades, M.D., author of the New York Times bestseller Protein Power)

‘At last the whole truth about the luscious foods our bodies really need!’

(Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of the New York Times bestseller Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom)

The Big Fat Surprise is refreshingly empowering. This wonderfully researched text provides the reader with total validation for welcoming healthful fats back to the table, paving the way for weight loss, health, and longevity.’

(David Perlmutter, MD, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Grain Brain)

About the Author:

Nina Teicholz is an investigative science journalist and author as well as an advocate for evidence-based nutrition policy. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Independent, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker, among other places. She grew up in Berkeley, California, and now lives in New York.

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