Join us on March 1 in the AgriLife Center at 10:30 a.m. to hear from investigative journalist, Nina Teicholz as she discusses her new book THE BIG FAT SURPRISE: Why Butter, Meat & Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet. She will discuss how saturated fat was wrongly vilified by the nutrition establishment – and shows us why everything we thought we knew about dietary fats is wrong. The talk is open to the general public.
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 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 the evidence was never strong. 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 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 “whole fats” back into our lives.
The Big Fat Surprise earned many “Best Book” of the year awards when it released in 2014. The Big Fat Surprise received praise from top science journals including The BMJ, the Lancet, and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, as well as The Economist, Mother Jones, and Wall Street Journal, among others. Her work has been recognized as having been the first to make the comprehensive argument that saturated fats have been unfairly vilified and in fact have never been shown to cause shorten life, from cardiovascular or any other disease.
In addition, Teicholz is the Executive Director of The Nutrition Coalition, a non-profit group that promotes evidence-based nutrition policy. She has testified before the Canadian Senate and U.S. Department of Agriculture about the need for reform of dietary guidelines. A former vegetarian of 25+ years, from Berkeley, CA, she now lives in New York city with her husband and two sons.