The Big FAT Surprise: Why Butter, Meat & Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet by Nina Teicholz, Simon and Schuster, 2014.
Let me say that I hope Teicholz makes a ton of money from this book. She deserves that, having spent the past nine years doing the research for the 337 pages of text plus 100+ pages of notes that comprise this book. And the message is: Whatever you think you know about what current research tells us constitutes healthy eating, you’re almost certainly wrong. If you go back and actually look at the original data for the studies that have been so influential in our dietary thinking over the past few decades, as Teicholz has done, you’ll find that they don’t actually say what it’s been said that they say.
So, for example, take a look at the so-called “Mediterranean Diet,” beloved in song and story. What does it consist of? Lots of vegetables, lots of whole grains, fish, and the very occasional serving of red meat. The fat of choice is olive oil, gallons of it.