The Big Fat Surprise

Does butter, meat and cheese belong in a healthy diet? And if so, how come we’ve been told the opposite for decades?

Here’s my recent interview with NYT bestselling author Nina Teicholz. Her book “The Big Fat Surprise” was called one of the best books of last year by publications like The Economist and The Wall Street Journal.

It’s a fascinating story. You can watch the first six minutes of our interview above.

Full interview and more

If you want to watch the full longer interview – and a follow-up interview on the unintended and unfortunate dangers of new vegetable oils – plus more videos, they are available on the membership site.

The Big Fat Surprise – Nina Teicholz
The Myth of Vegetable Oils – Nina Teicholz
Is the Mediterranean Diet Healthy? – Nina Teicholz
Can Red Meat Kill You? – Nina Teicholz
Vegetable Oils, the Unknown Story – Nina Teicholz

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  1. Pierre
    "And if so, how come we’ve been told the opposite for decades?"

    Answer : follow the money

  2. correy
    At the end of the day it doesnt matter why. What does matter is we understand that carbs, grains, sugar and processed foods are making us sicker and sicker. Not saturated fat. The evidence is overwhelming in favour of higher fat low carb diets over high carb low fat
  3. Slipp Digby
    Towards the end of this video, Nina Teicholz claims none of her arguments have been contested.

    This is clearly untrue, on her own webpage ( she acknowledges that Seth Yoder provided a detailed rebuttal of her arguments:-

    Teicholz clearly believes these represent a serious enough challenge of her arguments to claim she would address each and every one of his comments when her schedule lightens up.

    She is yet to do so and until she does, perhaps she should not make this misleading claim about her arguments being unchallenged.

    Reply: #8
  4. Melissa
    Teicholz is absolutely one of the best journalists to read on this topic. If you like this topic, be sure to check out these articles from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and the BMJ (you can get this one after registering for a FREE membership):
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  6. Vincent
    Hi! Great site. The link to Nina Teicholz' video "The myth of vegetable oils" is broken. It links instead to the video "The big fat surprise." Could you rectify this, would love to watch her video. Thank you.
    Reply: #7
  7. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor
    Thank you! Here is the direct link...
  8. Benjamin David Steele
    Fundamentalist apologists provide rebuttals of Darwinian evolution all the time. But acknowledging that fact doesn't imply that such religious anti-intellectuals actually contested the scientific research, evidence, and theory.

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