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

The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet Author Nina Teicholz
ISBN-10 1451624433
ISBN-13 9781451624434
Year 2015-01-06
Pages 496
Language English
Publisher Simon & Schuster
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A New York Times bestseller Named one of The Economists Books of the Year 2014 Named one of The Wall Street Journals Top Ten Best Nonfiction Books of 2014 Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Books of 2014 Forbess 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 weve been denying ourselvesthe creamy cheeses the sizzling steaksare 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 fatincluding saturated fatis 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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