The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz

The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz

This remarkable book should finally lay the lipid hypotheses of heart disease to rest. We’ve been embroiled in this unnecessary war on fat for far too long. It may take generations before we see the last of the damage it has done, but it is time to start to heal. We have other problems to solve and we need strong, healthy, intelligent, well-nourished people to do it. Let’s all have a big, juicy, grass-fed steak with butter on top to celebrate the victory!

Read the book reviews below to see what all the excitement is about:

“Nina Teicholz reveals the disturbing underpinnings of the profoundly misguided dietary recommendations that have permeated modern society, culminating in our overall health decline. But 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)

“A page-turner story of science gone wrong: what Gary Taubes did in Good Calories, Bad Calories for debunking the connection between fat consumption and obesity, Nina Teicholz now does in Big Fat Surprise for the purported connection between fat and heart disease. Misstep by misstep, blunder by blunder, Ms. 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, the low-fat and low-saturated fat myth for heart health.” (William Davis, MD, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Wheat Belly)

“At last the whole truth about the luscious foods our bodies really need!” (Christiane Northrup, M.D., ob/gyn physician and author of the New York Times bestseller Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom)

“This meticulously researched book thoroughly dismantles the current dietary dogma that fat–particularly saturated fat–is bad for us. Teicholz brings to life the key personalities in the field and uncovers how nutritional science has gotten it so wrong. 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)

The Big Fat Surprise delivers on its title, exposing the shocking news that much of what “everybody knows” about a healthy diet is in fact all wrong. This book documents how misunderstanding, misconduct and bad science caused generations to be misled about nutrition. Anyone interested in either food or health will want to read to this book.” (Nathan Myhrvold, author of Modernist Cuisine)

“As an epidemiologist, I am awestruck. Nina Teicholz has critically reviewed virtually the entire literature, a prodigiously difficult task, and she has interviewed most of the leading protagonists. The result is outstanding: readable and informative, with forthright text written in plain English that can easily be understood by the general reader.” (Samuel Shapiro, retired, formerly at the Boston University School of Medicine)

About the Author: Nina Teicholz has written for Gourmet magazine, The New Yorker, The Economist, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. She also covered Latin American for National Public Radio. She lives in New York with her husband and two sons.

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Judy Barnes Baker

The working title for my first book was, “You’ll Never Know What You Are Missing.” It summed up my goal: to make eating for health synonymous with eating for pleasure. Once you discover the secret, you will find that the very best food for weight management, longevity, the treatment and prevention of disease, and over-all health and happiness is also the most sumptuous, satisfying, and indulgent way of eating the world has to offer. You are invited to the feast. Enjoy!
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Judy Barnes Baker
9 years ago

More people should have your kind of intuition, Deborah! For a long time, I bought it hook, line, and sinker. It just never occurred to me to question the "authorities" until somebody pointed out to me that it didn't make any sense that our traditional diet would suddenly become toxic to us.

9 years ago

I always inherently knew it wasn't as bad as we were told..just like I knew that eggs weren't bad for us or butter

Judy Barnes Baker
9 years ago

Anonymous: I had the same reaction. I already knew most of the story, but literally couldn't put the book down until I finished it!

9 years ago

I purchased this book on my e-reader the evening this was posted on this site and before bed (which I stayed up past my bedtime to read), I had read almost 50 pages. I'm now about half way through and can hardly put down the book. I don't know why I am so shocked after reading Gary Taubes' eye-opening frank expose. If we weren't shocked by his discussion on the big lies about saturated fats and obesity, then Nina Tiecholz' expose on fats and heart disease places the final nail in the coffin (no pun intended). It is plain to see that "in the land of the free," the rich corporations get richer by "buying" their so-called "scientific" research so they can sell to the American public their trans fatty hydrogenated oils and foodstuff agendas and fatten Americans without caring that they cause chronic debilitating and/or deadly diseases at the expense of our health and well-being! And, shame on the American Heart Association, Congress, and all the others for believing the pseudo-"scientific" research and legislating a non-saturated-fat diet. Wait until you read about the ever-popular Mediterranean Diet – even the Mediterraneans are scratching their heads over that one! I know I certainly "bought" the low-fat diet lifestyle of the 80's and 90's and found myself very overweight, not understanding why I kept on getting fatter and probably developed thyroid cancer because of it, when I had neither of the two known risk factors for thyroid cancer. Thank goodness for the European scientists who got funding and conducted more rigorous, non-biased and, certainly, less-flawed research to deliver to the world the truth about saturated fats. A big question for me was why it took Nina Tiecholz over 10 years of investigation to uncover the big FAT lies about hydrogenated oils and trans fats and why nobody was listening. It will be plain to see when you see the piles of rubbish she had to dig through and personal interviews she had to conduct to get the answers-people weren't telling the truth – and she has delivered it.