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Butter, Meat & Cheese: Just Say YES!

For decades, we have been told that the best possible diet involves cutting back on fat, especially saturated fat, and that if we are not getting healthier or thinner it must be because we are not trying hard enough.

But, what if the low-fat diet is itself the problem? What if those exact foods you’ve been denying yourself are themselves the key to reversing the epidemics of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease?

Based on a nine-year-long investigation, author Nina Teicholz shares how the misinformation about saturated fats took hold in the scientific community (as well as the public imagination) and how recent findings overturn these beliefs.

She joins Dr. Friedman to explain why the Mediterranean Diet is not the healthiest, and how we might be replacing trans-fats with something even worse.

The startling history on diet and nutrition, outlined in Nina's new book, The Big Fat Surprise, demonstrates how nutrition science has gotten it so wrong: how overzealous researchers, through a combination of ego, bias, and premature institutional consensus, have allowed dangerous misrepresentations to become dietary dogma.

Listen to learn why you may have been needlessly avoiding meat, cheese, whole milk and eggs for decades and why you can welcome these “whole fats” back into your life, guilt-free.
Butter, Meat & Cheese: Just Say YES!
Nina Teicholz, Author
Nina-TeicholzNina 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 analyzing [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.