Journalist to ANCW: Saturated fat is a good thing
February 17, 2015
Investigative journalist Nina Teicholz spoke to American National CattleWomen (ANCW) members and guests at the ANCW General Membership Meeting at the 2015 Annual Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio, Texas. She shared how the past sixty years of low-fat nutrition advice has amounted to a vast uncontrolled experiment on the entire population, with disastrous consequences for our health.
For decades, the public has been told that the best possible diet involves cutting back on fat, especially saturated fat, and that if they are not getting healthier or thinner it must be because they are not trying hard enough. But what if the low-fat diet is itself the problem? What if those exact foods we've been denying ourselves — the creamy cheeses, the sizzling steaks — are themselves the key to reversing the epidemics of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease?
Based on a nine-year-long investigation, Teicholz's book shows 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 explains why the Mediterranean Diet is not the healthiest, and how we might be replacing trans-fats with something even worse. This startling history 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
Teicholz wrote on food and nutrition science for Gourmet and Men's Health magazines. She was a reporter for National Public Radio for years, covering Washington, D.C. and Latin America. She has also contributed, on a variety of topics, to the New Yorker, the Economist, the New York Times, and Salon, among other publications. In addition, she served as the associate director for the Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development at Columbia University. Teicholz studied biology at Yale and Stanford Universities and earned a master's degree from Oxford University. She lives in New York with her husband and their sons.