The Big Fat Surprise
Why Butter, Meat & Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet

By Nina Teicholz

The Big Fat Surprise

Investigative journalist Nina Teicholz reveals the unthinkable: that everything we thought we knew about dietary fats is wrong. She documents how the past sixty years of low-fat nutrition advice have amounted to a vast uncontrolled experiment on the entire population, with disastrous consequences to our health.

For decades, 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 those exact 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?

In this captivating and convincing narrative, based on a nine-year-long investigation, Teicholz shows how the misinformation about saturated fats took hold in the scientific community as well as the public imagination, and how recent findings overturn these beliefs. She explains 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.

We've been misled on what is the correct diet

With eye-opening scientific rigor, The Big Fat Surprise upends the conventional wisdom about all fats with the ground-breaking claim that more, not less, dietary fat, including saturated fat, is what leads to better health, wellness, and fitness. Science shows that we have been needlessly avoiding meat, cheese, whole milk and eggs for decades; and that we can, guilt-free, welcome these “wholesome fats” back into our lives.

Topics covered in The Big Fat Surprise

  1. The Fat Paradox: Good Health on a High-Fat Diet
  2. Why We Think Saturated Fat is Unhealthy
  3. The Low-Fat Diet is Introduced to America
  4. The Flawed Science of Saturated versus Polyunsaturated Fats
  5. The Low-Fat Diet Goes to Washington
  6. How Women and Children Fare on a Low-Fat Diet
  7. Selling the Mediterranean Diet: What is the Science?
  8. Exit Saturated Fats, Enter Trans Fats
  9. Exit Trans Fats, Enter Something Worse?
  10. Why Saturated Fat is Good for You


The book you don't read won't help

As a diabetic, the eating of carbohydrates is not a good idea, it converts to sugar  that diabetics are unable to metabolize normally. That leaves fat as the alternative for your sustenance. READ THIS BOOK and you will know that fat is not a four-letter word. In fact, you will be outraged at how the misguided dietary advice got ingrained in our national conversation.

About the Author

Nina TeicholzNina Teicholz

Nina Teicholz is an investigative journalist and author of the International (and New York Times) bestseller, The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat & Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet (Simon & Schuster). Named a *Best Book* of 2014 by the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Forbes, Mother Jones, and Library Journal, The Big Fat Surprise has upended the conventional wisdom on dietary fat and challenged the very core of our nutrition policy. 

Before taking a deep dive into researching nutrition science for nearly a decade, Teicholz was a reporter for National Public Radio and also contributed to many publications, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, The New Yorker, and The Economist. She 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. She lives in New York city.


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