Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet
Simon & Schuster
On Sale: May 13, 2014
Hardcover / e-Book
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A New York Times bestseller
Named one of The
Economistâ€™s Books of the Year 2014
Reviews Best Nonfiction Books of 2014
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.
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 weâ€™ve been
denying ourselvesâ€”the creamy cheeses, the sizzling
steaksâ€”are themselves the key to reversing the epidemics of
obesity, diabetes, and heart disease?
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 fatâ€”including saturated fatâ€”is 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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