The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet
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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 America for National Public Radio. She lives in New York with her husband and two sons.
"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 Reviews (Starred Review)"
"[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." -- "The Wall Street Journal"
"This is a striking study..which may well change the way you eat. I, for one, won't ever hesitate to order a steak again."-- "Financial Times"
"Read Teicholz's excellent book and tell me you aren't convinced she's right."-- "Chicago Sun-Times"
"Nina Teicholz's The Big Fat Surprise is essential reading on the saturated fat debate . . . Blew my mind." --Malcolm Gladwell
"This book should be read by every nutritional science professional...All scientists should read it as an example of how limited science can become federal policy....well-research and clearly written....Teicholz compiled a historical treatise on how scientific belief (vs. evidence), nongovernment organizations, food manufacturers, government agencies, and moneyed interests promised more than they could deliver and, in the process, quite possibly contributed to the current world-wide obesity epidemic."-- "The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition"
"Teicholz may be the Rachel Carson of the nutrition movement..."--Leah Binder "Forbes"
"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: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs
"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: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight and Find Your Path Bac
"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
"Teicholz has done a remarkable job in analysing. . . [the] weakscience, strong personalities, vested interests, and political expediency."-- "British Medical Journal"
"Thisis the most provocative and assumption-shredding food book I've read inyears.... All in all, a must read."--Tom Phillpot "Mother Jones"
"It's so important for everyone to read this book."--Alice Waters