The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet by Nina Teicholz

The Big Fat Surprise by Nina TeicholzBacon Phat
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Nina Teicholz's book is imperative if you want to understand how animal fat became demonized in the US and throughout the world and why you should prioritize eating it over other forms of fat.

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The episode​​

26:10: “Fat” in the body and dietary “fat” are unfortunate homonyms


30:00 What are the differences between polyunsaturated fats, monounsaturated fats and saturated fats?


36:00: The scientific community excluded scientists who disagreed with the Diet-Heart Hypothesis


37:20: Polyunsaturated fats are not inherently bad for you; vegetable oils are poison, raw pumpkin seeds are fine


39:30: Trans fatty acids, including naturally occuring CLA


40:10: Heating vegetable oils = aldehydes


41:50: Invention of all-vegetable shortening


45:14: Olive oils are cut with vegetable oils


45:30: Should only buy extra virgin olive oil in dark containers, organic, single origin


48:07: The Diet-Heart Hypothesis and how fat became demonized in America


49:16: Ancel Keys


51:36: Seven Countries Study is garbage


58:06: Keys went to Crete during lent for his data


59:50: Studies feeding VEGETARIAN rabbits Cholesterol


60:30: George Mann opposes Keys’s hypothesis


62:27: The industry silenced other researchers like Yudkin


62:50: AHA originally said they wouldn’t recommend something so dangerous


63:40: Cholesterol

  • Dietary cholesterol and blood serum cholesterol are not the same 

  • The body makes lot of important molecules, like sex hormones, out of cholesterol


65:46: Triglycerides better indicator of health/CHD risk than cholesterol


68:20: Metabolic Syndrome is responsible for the increase in diseases of civilization


69:50: McGovern Committee


70:40: TIME magazine calls Keys Man of the Year for his “research”


71:00: Connection between cancer and red meat is crap


71:54: Lower cholesterol is associated with higher mortality


73:00: Mediterranean diet is a giant made-up marketing scheme!


77:32: Food pyramid for the "Mediterrean diet"


79:15: Olive oil was not commonly eaten by the Ancient Greeks

83:47: Olive oil industry paid nutritionists and writers to sell Americans on olive oil


85:45: Americans eat less saturated fat and more polyunsaturated fat than they used to


88:30: CANOLA oil is an acronym for a made-up GMO crop


Nina Teicholz is a BOSS! This book is everything you need if you want to know what to eat and how to stick it to the stupid food industry. Nina covers the entire infuriating history of a small group of idiots conspiring to prescribe to Americans the absolute worst possible diet for human health. It honestly is almost too ridiculous to believe. Why people would voluntarily give up eating cured meats, raw cheese, eggs, and raw dairy in favor of garbage produced in a factory is a mystery—and yet it happened. And Nina beautifully tells how.

This is definitely a book to buy. We have this book on audio for easy listening now and then. Reminding yourself of the best way to eat for health and as a protest to the moronic food industry is best achieved with a marvelous, well-researched book like this.