What if investigative journalist Nina Teicholz told you everything you know about nutrition is wrong?
That means all the time you spent avoiding bacon, butter and red meat and eating vegetables instead, you were actually doing your body harm?
That’s the counter-intuitive conclusion behind Teicholz’s new book, Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet. Despite the title and subject matter, though, this isn’t a diet book and there’s not a recipe to be found
Instead, this is a frustrating tale of how junk science led the American Heart Association and later the U.S. Department of Agriculture to advocate a diet that was lower in fat and higher in carbohydrates. We listened: Since 1980, when the USDA issued its guidelines, Americans’ fat consumption has fallen by 14% while our overall consumption of fat has dropped 5% Read more…