Nina Teicholz

Nina TeicholzNina Teicholz is an investigative journalist and author of the International (and New York Times) bestseller, The Big Fat Surprise (Simon & Schuster).

The Economist named it the #1 science book of 2014, and it was also named a 2014 *Best Book* by the Wall Street Journal, 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.

A review of the book in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition said, “This book should be read by every nutritional science professional..” A former editor of the British Medical Journal said, “Teicholz has done a remarkable job in analysing [the] weak science, strong personalities, vested interests, and political expediency” of nutrition science.

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.

Learn more at her website You can also find Nina on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Wikipedia and read her blog.


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The Big Fat SurpriseFrom The Big Fat Surprise

How the Low-Fat Diet Was Introduced to America

How Big Food Fights Back

The Rivalry Between Atkins and Ornish: Low Carb Vs. High Carb

Top videos

  • Did the introduction of the dietary guidelines start the obesity epidemic?
  • The US dietary guidelines: why they matter
  • The big fat surprise
  • The unknown story of vegetable oils
    The myth of vegetable oils
    Why our dietary guidelines are wrong
  • Diet Doctor Podcast #21 Nina Teicholz
    Can red meat kill you?
  • Is the Mediterranean diet healthy?
    What about red meat and health?
    Vegetable oils – the unknown story
    Cooking keto with Nina Teicholz



Potential conflicts of interest

Updated August 8, 2019.

Teicholz receives royalties from her book, a non-fiction account of the history of nutrition. She also accepts modest speaking fees for presenting her findings as part of her commitment to educating people about the new thinking on dietary fats and health.

Teicholz does not accept support from any industry, company or interested party for her work.

Teicholz eats a relatively low-carb diet.


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