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Nina Teicholz has written for Gourmet magazine, the New Yorker, the Economist, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. She also covered Latin America for National Public Radio. She lives in New York with her husband and two sons.

Erin Bennett is an Earphones Award-winning narrator and a stage actress who played Carlie Roberts in the BBC radio drama Torchwood: Submission. She can be heard on several video games. Regional theater appearances include the Intiman, Pasadena Playhouse, Arizona Theatre Company, A Noise Within, Laguna Playhouse, and the Getty Villa. She trained at Boston University and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.


A page-turner story of science gone wrong: what Gary Taubes did in Good Calories, Bad Calories for debunking the connection between fat consumption and obesity, Nina Teicholz now does in The Big Fat Surprise for the purported connection between fat and heart disease. Misstep by misstep, blunder by blunder, Ms. Teicholz recounts the statistical cherry-picking, political finagling, and pseudoscientific bullying that brought us to yet another of the biggest mistakes in health and nutrition: the low-fat and low-saturated fat myth for heart health.-- "William Davis, MD, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wheat Belly"

At last the whole truth about the luscious foods our bodies really need!-- "Christiane Northrup, MD, New York Times bestselling author"

For many years Americans have been told that low-fat diets are the best way to prevent heart disease and lose weight. While heart disease deaths have indeed dropped, the rate of heart disease has not and the obesity rate is increasing...This fascinating book raises important issues as Americans battle obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease...Thought provoking and well worth purchasing.-- "Library Journal (starred review)"

Journalist Teicholz combs the science, or lack thereof, to learn how the fats in the American diet grew horns and cloven hooves...Solid, well-reported science in the Gary Taubes mold.-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"

Nina Teicholz reveals the disturbing underpinnings of the profoundly misguided dietary recommendations that have permeated modern society, culminating in our overall health decline. But The Big Fat Surprise is refreshingly empowering. This wonderfully researched text provides the reader with total validation for welcoming healthful fats back to the table, paving the way for weight loss, health, and longevity.-- "David Perlmutter, MD, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Grain Brain"

This meticulously researched book thoroughly dismantles the current dietary dogma that fat--particularly saturated fat--is bad for us. Teicholz brings to life the key personalities in the field and uncovers how nutritional science has gotten it so wrong. There aren't enough superlatives to describe this journalistic tour de force. I read it twice: once for the information and again just for the writing.-- "Michael R. Eades, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Protein Power"

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