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

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A New York Times bestseller
Named among The Financial expert's Books of the Year 2014
Named among The Wall Street Journal's Leading Ten Best Nonfiction Books of 2014
Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Books of 2014
Forbes's Many Memorable Healthcare Book of 2014
Named a Best Food Book of 2014 by Mom Jones
Named among Library Journal's Best Books of 2014

In The Huge Fat Surprise, investigative journalist Nina Teicholz reveals the unthinkable: that everything we thought we knew about dietary fat is wrong. She records how the low-fat nutrition recommendations of the past sixty years has actually amounted to a large uncontrolled experiment on the whole population, with disastrous consequences for our health.For decades

, we have been informed that the best possible diet plan involves cutting back on fat, especially hydrogenated fat, and that if we are not getting much healthier or thinner it needs to be since we are not trying hard enough. But what if the low-fat diet plan is itself the problem? What if the very foods we've been denying ourselves-- the velvety cheeses, the sizzling steaks-- are themselves the key to reversing the upsurges of weight problems, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease?

In this fascinating, lively, and persuading story, based on a nine-year-long examination, Teicholz demonstrates how the false information about hydrogenated fats took hold in the scientific neighborhood and the public imagination, and how recent findings have overturned these beliefs. She discusses why the Mediterranean Diet plan is not the healthiest, and how we might be replacing trans fats with something even worse. This stunning history demonstrates how nutrition science has actually gotten it so wrong: how overzealous researchers, through a combination of ego, predisposition, and premature institutional consensus, have permitted harmful misstatements to become dietary dogma.

With mind-blowing scientific rigor, The Huge Fat Surprise overthrows the standard wisdom about all fats with the groundbreaking claim that more, not less, dietary fat-- consisting of hydrogenated fat-- is what results in much better health and wellness. Science reveals that we have been needlessly avoiding meat, cheese, entire milk, and eggs for decades and that we can now, guilt-free, welcome these tasty foods back into our lives.

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