The Big Fat Surprise

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  • This book lays out the scientific case for why our bodies are healthiest on a diet with ample amounts of fat and why this regime necessarily includes meats, eggs, butter, and other animal foods high in saturated fat.

I loved this book. It is full of research, citations, personal interviews, etc. detailing the facts surrounding how our diet content has been swayed and manipulated for the last 50 years.

From the perspective of a scientist, the recounting deeply disturbed me. It embarrassed me because the way data was fudged, squelched, buried, and ignored is not how the science I was involved with was accomplished or undertaken.

This said, I’ve worked in academia…within the ivory towers with all of the control freaks and over-sized egos. I, unfortunately, can easily see and believe how this travesty took place.

  • Indeed the disturbing story of nutrition science over course of the last half-century looks something like this: scientists responding to the skyrocketing number of heart disease cases, which had gone from a mere handful in 1900 to being the leading cause of death by 1950, hypothesized that dietary fat, especially of the saturated kind (due to its effect on cholesterol) was to blame. This hypothesis became accepted as truth before it was properly tested…While good science should be ruled by skepticism and self-doubt, the field of nutrition has instead been shaped by passions verging on zealotry. And the whole system by which ideas are canonized as fact seems to have failed us.

I encourage you to read it for yourself. Ir’s both frightening and liberating.

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