About Nina Teicholz

Nina Teicholz, PhD is an investigative science journalist, author, and thought leader in nutrition.
Teicholz is also the founder of the Nutrition Coalition, an independent non-profit dedicated to ensuring that nutrition policy is evidence based.

Nina Teicholz: author of The Big Fat Surprise book
Nina Teicholz

Nina Teicholz Ph.D. is a science journalist and author of the New York Times bestseller, The Big Fat Surprise. She’s been a pioneer in challenging the conventional wisdom on saturated fats, vegetable (seed) oils, the health halo around the Mediterranean diet, and the reliability of the U.S. national dietary guidelines. Her work has been favorably reviewed by top medical journals, including the Lancet, and her own writing has been published in academic journals such as the BMJ, Nutrients and a journal of the National Academy of Sciences as well as media outlets such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic and Economist. Teicholz has also appeared on most major TV networks and many podcasts, from NPR to Joe Rogan. She is a graduate of Stanford and Oxford Universities, and in 2024, she received a Ph.D. in nutrition focused on evidence-based nutrition policy. For years, she ran a non-profit called the Nutrition Coalition aimed at updating the US dietary guidelines with the current science. Her work can now be found in a column on Substack called “Unsettled Science.”

Teicholz has no commercial ties and has never received support from any industry for her work.


Teicholz attended Yale and Stanford where she studied biology and majored in American Studies. She has a master’s degree from Oxford University and a PhD in nutrition from the University of Reading.

A former vegetarian of 25+ years, from Berkeley, CA, Teicholz now lives in New York city with her husband and two sons.

Nina Teicholz does not accept support from any industry, company or interested party for her work.  Ms. Teicholz does accept modest speaking fees for presenting her findings as part of her commitment to educating people about the new thinking on dietary fats and health.