Big Fat Surprise among the best books of the year


Wall Street Journal has named the best books of the year. Among them is The Big Fat Surprise, a book that totally rejects the last decades’ unnecessary fear of saturated fat. In the book the shaky background is discussed – and how today the theory completely falls apart in the light of modern science.

The book is well-written and captivating, but long. It has also been criticized for resembling Gary Taube’s classic Good Calories, Bad Calories which partly goes through the same story (but only up until 2007).

Most of those critics can’t stand Taubes, so they can’t stand Teicholz either. I’m a huge fan of Taubes so I should enjoy Teicholz, but a lack of time combined with a slight feeling of déjà vu has, embarrassingly enough, prevented me from reading more than part of the book yet. Finishing it is on my to-do-list. You can still beat me to it:

The Big Fat Surprise


  1. Eric Anderson
    Seems like Finland has some things right and some like skipping meals I question. Also red meat and sugar are related and most kids eat at preschool and K in Finland' What is the agenda a veg head in Finland?

    Children who skip main meals are more likely to have excess body fat and an increased cardiometabolic risk already at the age of 6 to 8 years, according to a Finnish study. A higher consumption of sugary drinks, red meat and low-fat margarine and a lower consumption of vegetable oil are also related to a higher cardiometabolic risk.

    Contact: Aino-Maija Eloranta
    University of Eastern Finland

    Reply: #5
  2. Matk Johnson
    Complete nonsense! They're actually advocating that kids consume (more) vegetable oil and have the temerity to group red meat together with sugary drinks?

    Whatever methods they've used to twist the data from (no doubt) observational studies to come up with those recommendations are clearly nonsense. Feed the kids GRASS FED meat, particularly organ meat and watch them thrive. Healthy kids = healthy adults.

  3. Tom Welsh
    A lot of those critics seem to have a weird (and very wrong) idea of what "science" is. They think it's professors in white coats writing learned papers or giving speeches; computers; laboratories; etc. Whereas in fact it's essentially a sceptical attitude and the willingness to do research.

    Quite well expressed in this article (which however I think is slightly spoiled by anti-Dawkins bias):

    Just recently I recall Zoe Harcombe mentioning that she had reviewed some of the original papers that have been used as foundations for the lipid hypothesis. She found shocking things - for example, the authors of several studies counted pies and cakes as "saturated fat", ignoring their other ingredients such as white flour and sugar.

  4. Lowcarborama
    Thats fantastic news! 'Trying to get more people on board with LCHF, I've written a 7 day meal plan for beginners. You can find it here
  5. erdoke
    I do not think that skipping meals between meals consisting of processed meat and soda can add a lot to one's health either. On the other hand that has nothing to do with intermittent fasting on a low carb, whole food diet.
    Anybody still promoting omega-6 rich vegetable oils (what a misleading name!) clearly spent the last 20 years under a rock.
  6. erdoke
    The book itself is well researched and involves a lot of great lipid researchers fighting 20th century dogma. I was sorry to hear that Mary G. Enig passed away recently.
  7. Adrian
    Andreas give us a preview of your book "LCHF - Food revolution" (English version) which was released a short time ago (on december 9)

    The link:

  8. Mandi Kraft
    I also had the deja vu - but work past it! The book has to go through that same-old stuff, but she goes more in-depth, and then as you get on, she gets into some fascinating stuff.
  9. BobM
    I've read both Taubes books, and many others (The Great Cholesterol Con, Malcolm Kendrick; most books by Uffe Ravnskov, etc.; I think I'm over 10 books in this area now). I think The Big Fat Lie is fantastic, and I'm on my third reading of it. I get more incensed each time I read it. I was one of those who kept my fat content to below 10% of calories and followed a Pritikin type plan, not realizing that there was little scientific evidence behind such plans and the current guidelines. It had to be right, since all the "experts" said it was.

    I think Nina Teicholz is the best story teller of everyone I've read and has a very clear argument. The book is also quite accessible.

    Having said that, I've liked all the books I've read on the subject. It's just that The Big Fat Surprise is the best story.

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