The Big Fat Surprise

#20 Sunday, June 26, 2016

In this, the longest 2KD episode yet, Carl and Richard interview Nina Teicholz, author of "The Big Fat Surprise," an award-winning book that exposes the politics, bullying, and other malfeasance that led to the suppression of dozens of real randomized trial studies (with real humans - not mice) to determine the danger of eating saturated fat. Guess what the results of all these trials show? You guessed it. Eating saturated fat does not increase the risk of heart disease. Not only that, but eating a well-formed high-fat low-carb diet (ketogenic) is protective against heart disease, diabetes, and many other modern ailments. The Big Fat Surprise was named "Science Book of the Year" in 2014 by The Economist.

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Nina Teicholz

Nina 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 #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.


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