The Big Fat Surprise

The Big Fat Surprise

Why Butter, Meat, and Cheese Belong in A Healthy Diet

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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Dish up the red meat, eggs, and whole milk! In this well researched and captivating narrative, veteran food writer Nina Teicholz proves how everything we've been told about fat is wrong.For decades, Americans have cut back on red meat and dairy products full of "bad" saturated fats. We obediently complied with nutritional guidelines to eat "heart healthy" fats found in olive oil, fish, and nuts, and followed a Mediterranean diet heavy on fruits, vegetables, and grains. Yet the nation's health has declined. What is going on?In The Big Fat Surprise, Teicholz reveals how sixty years of nutrition science has gotten it so wrong: how overzealous researchers have made basic scientific mistakes that, through a mix of ego and bias, allow dangerous misrepresentations to become dogma, and how scientists who dared oppose this consensus have been ostracized. For eight years, Teicholz has pored over the massive research literature and interviewed hundreds of leading experts to unravel the shockingly distorted claims of nutrition studies. She brings these researchers to life and shows how their ambitions, loyalties, and rivalries have undermined a field of research already full of difficult pitfalls.With a lively narrative style akin to Michael Pollan's in The Omnivore's Dilemma and the scientific rigor of Gary Taubes in Good Calories, Bad Calories, Teicholz convincingly upends the conventional wisdom about all fats. Her groundbreaking claim is that more dietary fat leads to better health, wellness, and fitness. Science shows that reducing the saturated fat in our diets has been disastrous for our health as a nation, and we can, guilt-free, welcome these "whole fats" back into our lives.
Publisher: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audio, Inc., 2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781483014654
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (13 hr., 25 min., 10 sec.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Bennett, Erin
OverDrive, Inc

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Aug 18, 2018

One of the most well researched books on the subject I have ever known. This is one of the top books that really helped me understand the misinformation about nutrition that has been spoon fed to the public for decades as well as why what we have been taught is wrong.

This book, along with The Obesity Code and The Diabetes Code by Dr. Jason Fung should be read along with Gary Taubes's "The Case Against Sugar" and Dr's Jonny Bowden and Stephen Sinatra's "The Great Cholesterol Myth" are key books that will get you well on your way to understanding the right way to look at how to fix yourself and what the lies are that you have been told.

I can't recommend any of these strongly enough.

JCLDylanR Feb 17, 2018

Although both the content & writing style are repetitive, that doesn't change the fact that The Big Fat Surprise contains gobs of great information! A fascinating look at the history behind humanity's obsession with low-fat diets, & the notion it may be carbs--not fat--which have contributed so greatly to the health problems we see today.


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