The Big Fat Surprise

Why Butter, Meat & Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet

THE BIG FAT SURPRISE not only reviews thousands of scientific studies but also documents the politics and personalities dominating the last 50 years in nutrition policy, to get behind the flip-flopping headlines and explain some basic truths about nutrition science. 
 
THE BIG FAT SURPRISE is the first publication not only to systematically argue that the saturated fats in animal foods have been unfairly maligned, based on weak, inconclusive evidence, but also to document the highly damaging unintended consequences (the rise of both vegetable oil and carbohydrate consumption).
 
More than a dozen scholarly review papers over the past five years have confirmed Teicholz’s conclusions on saturated fat. For average people, the implication is that we have been needlessly avoiding meat, cheese, whole milk and eggs for decades and that we can welcome, guilt-free, these “whole fats” back into our lives.

Praise and Acclaim for
The Big Fat Surprise

"Gripping narrative…this is a disquieting book about scientific incompetence, evangelical ambition, and ruthless silencing of dissent that has shaped our lives for decades…researchers, clinicians, and health policy advisors should read this provocative book.”

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The Lancet
"Nina Teicholz’s The Big Fat Surprise is ESSENTIAL reading on the saturated fat debate…blew my mind."
Malcolm Gladwell
"All scientists...every nutrition professional...should read this book"

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American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
"Nina Teicholz may be the Rachel Carson of the nutrition movement"

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Forbes
"It's so important for everyone to read this book."
Alice Waters
"A nutrition thriller...a gripping read for anyone who had ever tried to eat healthily...This is not an obvious page turner. But it is."

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The Economist
"This is the most provocative and assumption-shredding food book I've read in years...All in all, a must read."

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Mother Jones
"Impressive...This book shook me...Teicholz has done a remarkable job in analysing [the] weak science, strong personalities, vested interests, and political expediency."

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The BMJ(British Medical Journal)

Named a *Best Book* of 2014 by the Following Publications:

The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Mother Jones,
Kirkus Reviews, Forbes, Library Journal

About The Author, Nina Teicholz

Nina Teicholz

Subsequent to publication of THE BIG FAT SURPRISE, author Nina Teicholz has been invited to give testimony about her findings to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and, for an hour, to the Canadian Senate. She is the first journalist invited to join Phi Tau Sigma, the honor society for scholars of food science and technology, and she has been invited to present her research to universities and other audiences around the world. She has published opinion pieces and articles on nutrition in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal), CNN, among others. She has also been featured on dozens of radio and TV shows, including, ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “Nightline,” “Live with Kelly and Michael,” Yahoo! Health, Fox News, CBC Radio, and CNN with Sanjay Gupta.

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