This is a needed book review. The book is The Big FAT Surprise by Nina Teicholz. The author is an investigative journalist who has written for Gourmet magazine, The New Yorker and The New York Times and others.
I have read books debunking the whole "eat less fat in your diet" but this one is very in depth beginning from how the low fat diet was introduced to America to how all of us but especially women and children do not fare on this diet..
Everything we (the general population since the 1950's) know about dietary fat is wrong. I tell people all the time as a nutritionist - eat more fat - butter,olive oil, whole diary. It's good for you!
This book proves beyond a shadow of a doubt why and more so "How" we got here in this SAD (standard american diet) situation.
Nina T explains how and why the foods we have been denying ourselves are actually in truth good for us.
And --- that they will help this now population in America of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
She proves with science that meat,cheese, whole milk and eggs can now be brought back into our diet with positive results.
What's the culprit, then? Carbs!!!! They(white flour and sugar) have been killing us surely with cancer, heart problems, diabetes - all brought about through inflammation in the body.
She also looks at the "high" cholesterol topic -two studies in Israel with 10,000 men and in Chicago with 2000 showed that the low fat diet did not affect blood cholesterol. Also, that cholesterol is balanced in our bodies through homeostasis (the property of a system in which variables are regulated so that internal conditions remain stable and relatively constant).
Teicholz ends the book with the last chapter Why Saturated Fat is Good for You and explains how the Mediterranean diet is one, if not the best, diet to be on. Diet means these days to infer withholding but here it is used as the food of a particular culture.
If you don't want to read through the 337 pages - read Chapters 3, 6, 7 and 10...and Happy FAT eating!
Herbs and Things
Have tried most of what I write about in these articles.