The Big Fat Surprise, written by the experienced investigative journalist Nina Teicholz, is packed with the surprises proving that fats are a necessary part of our everyday diet.
Food Inc., Cowspiracy, Forks Over Knives, King Corn, Farmageddon, Vegucated, Food Beware — these are just a handful of the popular food documentaries that have gone viral in recent years. Riddled with misinformation, drama, suspense and plenty of fear-mongering, these pseudo-science films question modern production agriculture and foods Americans love to enjoy. Viewers are left … Continue reading Nina Teicholz debunks “What the Health” documentary
Last month, the American Heart Assn. once again went after butter, steak and especially coconut oil with this familiar warning: The saturated fats in these foods cause heart disease. The organization’s “presidential advisory” was a fresh look at the science and came in response to a growing number of researchers, including myself, who have pored … Continue reading Don’t believe the American Heart Assn. — butter, steak and coconut oil aren’t likely to kill you
In health circles, it's kind of old news now that “saturated fat might not be bad for you” and that sugar, starches and vegetable oil might instead be a primary contributory factor to heart disease and other chronic health problems. So when I got the book “The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong … Continue reading The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet (& What They Don’t Tell You About The Mediterranean Diet)
The cooks serving up porchetta sandwiches at Roast in the Victoria Public Market are all but hidden behind a massive bouquet of crispy pork rinds. This fabulous pork fat is my guilty pleasure, and when I get to the front of the line to place my order, I make sure to say, “Extra crackling on … Continue reading IS EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT EATING FAT WRONG?
Nina Teicholz’s article How dietary guidelines are out of step with science has provoked online furore since it made front page headlines on the BMJ 26 September 2015. Nina, a journalist who took ten years to research and write her bestselling and highly acclaimed book Big Fat Surprise, has been attacked for having the temerity … Continue reading Nina Teicholz’s challenge to the USA food guideline team
A firestorm recently erupted over a paper in the Annals of Internal Medicine that found official advice limiting sugar in diets to be based on “low” or “very low” quality evidence. Because a food-industry group had funded the study, a slew of critics accused the authors of distorting the science to undermine nutrition guidelines and … Continue reading The Limits of Sugar Guidelines
For two generations, Americans ate fewer eggs and other animal products because policy makers told them that fat and cholesterol were bad for their health. Now both dogmas have been debunked in quick succession. First, last fall, experts on the committee that develops the country’s dietary guidelines acknowledged that they had ditched the low-fat diet. … Continue reading The Government’s Bad Diet Advice
Nina Teicholz is a science journalist and author of the book “The Big Fat Surprise.
It started when Nina Teicholz wrote an article in a respected medical journal, BMJ, arguing that the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee that advises the agriculture department isn’t using good research to make its decisions. Ms. Teicholz, a journalist, is the author of “The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet.” Her biggest concern is how fats are treated.