About Nina Teicholz

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

Nina Teicholz is an investigative science journalist

Professor (Adjunct), NY University

Executive Director, The Nutrition Coalition

Author, New York Times bestseller, The Big Fat Surprise

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


Nina Teicholz is a science journalist, is author of the New York Times bestseller, The Big Fat Surprise, which upended the conventional wisdom on dietary fat–especially saturated fat—and spurred a new conversation about whether these fats in fact cause heart disease. Named a *Best Book* of the year by the Economist, Wall Street Journal and Mother Jones, among others, it continues to be called a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the amazing story of how we came to believe fat is bad for health—and what a better diet might look like. Nina is also the founder of the Nutrition Coalition, a non-profit working to ensure that government nutrition policy is transparent and evidence-based—work for which she’s been asked to testify before the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Canadian Senate. Teicholz is a graduate of Stanford and Oxford Universities and previously served as associate director of the Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development at Columbia University. 


Teicholz attended Yale and Stanford where she studied biology and majored in American Studies. She has a master’s degree from Oxford University and served as associate director of the Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development at Columbia University.

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.