If you’re interested in news related to food and nutrition, then you should grab a copy of Nina Teicholz’s The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet. The tome has 496 pages of information on why dietary fat, such as saturated fat, is actually good for your health. And because of the insightfulness of the content, the book has become a New York Times and an international best seller.
Those who’ve read the book have claimed that its expository information on dietary fat and food has changed the way they’re eating. The book totally debunks one of the most entrenched myths in the world— that dietary fat isn’t good for the body. And it has busted this one fat myth quite successfully.
Perhaps, that’s why you’ll find this book sitting in the bookshelves of many a food historians, nutritionists, and gourmets. Plus, the book has shot to fame because it has received positive feedback from many renowned media outlets. Now, let’s read the factors that have contributed to the success of this book.
This book has done the unthinkable by supporting the presence of saturated fat in diets. For all those who’re a bit confused as to what saturated fat means, here’s the real deal—this is the fat that’s present in eggs, dairy products, and meat. Plus, the book has even extensively researched on the topic of why saturated fat is actually good; this fact is evident because it’s the result of a thorough nine-year investigation.
This book has cleared the cloud of misinformation that had hung on the role of saturated fat in diets for quite a long time. Many misconceptions on dietary fat have captivated the imagination of the global scientific community. Nina Teicholz’s book has a number of interesting findings on saturated fat. That’s why it won’t be hyperbolic to state that this book has completely turned the age-old beliefs related to dietary fat on their ears.
The hard work that Nina Teicholz had put in writing The Big Fat Surprise finally paid when The Economist named it as the best science book of 2014 and a great “nutrition thriller.
Similarly, many respected media outsells—such as Kirkus Reviews, The Wall Street Journal, Library Journal, and Forbes—have praised Teicholz’s expository journalistic skills and nutritional science expertise. Likewise, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition critically analyzed the book and stated, “This book should be read by every nutritional science professional.” The BMJ, too, found the book’s convincing, captivating narrative and reviewed it positively. One former editor of BMJ praised Teicholz’s skills saying that she “has done a remarkable job in analysing [the] weak science, strong personalities, vested interests, and political expediency . . . .”
Nina Teicholz has developed her journalistic skills by contributing her insights in reliable magazines such as Gourmet and Men’s Health. She developed and polished her journalistic intellect by working as a reporter for half a decade at National Public Radio.
Teicholz gained expertise in policy by being the associate director for Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development at Columbia University. And her subject-matter expertise is clearly evident in her features and op-eds that are published at New York Times, Salon, Washington Post, New Yorker, to name a few.
The author’s professional laurels are the result of her academic background. She has studied Biology and American Studies and has completed her master’s degree with distinction from Oxford University. Right now, she’s living in New York with her husband and two sons.