The Big Fat Surprise: “A great book about the diet experiment that has been going on in the USA for decades.”
In The Big Fat Surprise, investigative journalist Nina Teicholz reveals the unthinkable: that everything we thought we knew about dietary fat is wrong.
What she reveals
In The Big Fat Surprise, the author 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. We’re also told 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 we’ve been denying ourselves—the creamy cheeses, the sizzling steaks—are themselves the key to reversing the epidemics of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease?
This captivating, vibrant, and convincing narrative is 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. She also talks about how recent findings have overturned these beliefs.
The Big Fat Surprise 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. It also shows how overzealous researchers, through a combination of ego, bias, and premature institutional consensus, have allowed dangerous misrepresentations to become dietary dogma.