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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Scribe Publications (21 Aug 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1922247774
  • ISBN-13: 978-1922247773
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 3.6 x 15.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[Teicholz] has a gift for translating complex data into an engaging forensic narrative... [The Big Fat Surprise] is a lacerating indictment of Big Public Health ... More than a book about food and health or even hubris; it is a tragedy for our information age. From the very beginning, we had the statistical means to understand why things did not add up; we had a boatload of Cassandras, a chorus of warnings; but they were ignored, castigated, suppressed. We had our big fat villain, and we still do. Wall Street Journal / Solid, well-reported science ... Like a bloodhound, Teicholz tracks the process by which a hypothesis morphs into truth without the benefit of supporting data. --Kirkus

Ms Teicholz s book is a gripping read for anyone who has ever tried to eat healthily ... This is not an obvious page-turner. But it is ... The vilification of fat, argues Ms Teicholz, does not stand up to closer examination. She pokes holes in famous pieces of research the Framingham heart study, the Seven Countries study, the Los Angeles Veterans Trial, to name a few describing methodological problems or overlooked results, until the foundations of this nutritional advice look increasingly shaky. --The Economist

A striking study ... which may well change the way you eat. I, for one, won t ever hesitate to order a steak again. ERICA WAGNER, Financial Times / Someone ought to hand a copy of The Big Fat Surprise to the Department of Health. --KATE SPICER, Red

About the Author

Nina Teicholz has written for Gourmet Magazine, The New Yorker, The Economist, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. She lives in New York with her husband and two sons.

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By An Chluas on 11 July 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm a retired doctor. All my career, though it wasn't my specialty, heart disease fascinated me because I knew that there were flaws in the beliefs of its genesis. There were far too many things that didn't fit. Two years ago I read John Yudkin's Pure White and Deadly and that opened my mind to the poison that is sugar. I began to read voraciously after this and read numerous books and very many papers. I noticed that there were numerous papers comparing Atkins diet to others, in recent years and despite its being included in a hope that it would be shown up as charlatanism, in every single case it was the star-diet.
This fabulous book, exhaustively researched, is the icing on the cake. Fat is good, Sugar in bad, Nina is a star. She will be attacked of course, but only because the trousers of the powers that be are down around their ankles.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Roger S Lion on 9 July 2014
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Brilliant book, really explains where the stupid low fat diet came from and why it does not work. I tried the Atkins diet before but all the health scare data put me off. Now after reading this book, you can see the vested interest bodies don't want you healthy. So now I can eat tasty meals that are good for me, instead of boring rabbit food.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav TOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 May 2014
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‘The Big Fat Surprise’ extensively researched and written by Nina Teicholz is one of the books on which there will be a lot of writing and talking in a days to come with regard to its subject of a highly controversial research that turned on the head all that we were taught about unhealthy saturated fat.

In her book, Nina Teicholz made an extensive research in order to present new and startling discoveries that saturated fat is not only not bad, but actually good for our body and essential to our good health.

The author challenged all existing common beliefs about healthy low-fat diets and shows how in recent years a totally wrong practice of avoiding fats was advocated that our bodies need to be healthy. Teicholz who is obviously educated in the field, manages to explain things she discusses in easy to understand manner, so even the organic chemistry that sounds difficult to understand becomes easily readable, understandable and interesting reading.

It is difficult to say how long it will take to change habits that people were taught practically from a birth and will reader immediately accept what the author on the pages of her book presented, but certainly those who had for long time been abstaining from fatty steak will finally be able to become more hedonistic not having guilty conscience.

If only for one meal, then this well-researched and comprehensive book by Nina Teicholz will be worth your time spent reading it.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Nick Lincoln on 4 Aug 2014
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Since The Enlightenment man has had blind faith in his ability to reason, to analyse and to lecture. Science is the new religion and what went before is dead, of no use; that there is a scientific solution to every "problem".

Which is how - with scant evidence - fifty odd years ago nutritionists got the ears of those in power (and commerce). Believing they had cracked the reason behind gradually rising levels of heart disease, the "specialists" put the Western world on a low-fat, high carb diet. The results, of course, have been dismal.

The arrogance of the perpetrators is breathtaking. In a blink of an eye they discarded millions of years of human evolutionary experience, an experience based on eating meat, dairy and saturated fats full of nutrients and proteins. Enormous quantities of vegetable oil (and all their revolting hydrogenated offspring) were introduced into the Western diet without any thought as to the consequences. Staggering stuff.

Teicholz's skill is making what can be a technically challenging foray through dietary strictures, cholesterols, different types of calories etc readable and compelling. She has done a lot of research and it shows: The book took 10 years to write and was worth it.

In a nutshell this book confirms that the Atkins Diet works and - more importantly - how and why it works: Because it is (more or less) the diet that has fed mankind for the last few million years (the last 50 disastrous years notwithstanding).
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Garthl on 7 Aug 2014
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This is a very readable and up to date debunking of the bad science propping up current dogma. It contains all the arguments you need to defend eating wholesome, tasty food. The whole environmental issue surrounding increased consumption of animal based sources of saturated fat is not addressed - this book is about the science not about ethics.

Forget low fat, forget the Mediterranean diet (even though this is undoubtedly a healthier way of eating than current Western fare and if you enjoy eating that way then don't stop) and enjoy eating in the way that Atkins suggested in his maintenance phase.

Saturated fat won't make you fat, it won't cause heart disease and it will help you to lose weight naturally and easily and keep it off. Of course you do need to give up your dependence on carbohydrate in its worst forms and reduce your dependence on grains and sugar...
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By grs on 10 July 2014
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Read this book if you are overweight, feel crap and still believe that eating fat, togehter with being lazy is what made you this way. This book chronicles the logical, but false ideas that turned into a world-wide eating disaster. How intelligent scientists could ever think it wise to triple our sugar consumption in order to reduce fat in our diets, is almost beyond comprehension. These same scientists say we should eat lots of 'healthy' grains, but fail to mention that around three-quarters of any flour we consume in baked goods (and breakfast cereals) ends up as sugar in the bloodstream. Sugar is the enemy, and this book tells you why.

Some people will attack this book on a technical level, mainly because the author is not a trained scientist. Anyone tempted to believe these 'expert' detractors, should look up and down any highstreet and notice the obesity epidemic for themselves. Scientists told us that eating less fat would make us slim and healthy - so why has the opposite happened? And who got rich from it?
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