Episode 27: Nina Teicholz On The Big Fat Surprise

What if everything you thought was true about nutrition turned out to be wrong?

If this doesn’t sound like a leadership question, think again. What you eat has dramatic impact on

  • The physical and emotional energy you bring to work
  • Your capacity to stay healthy and free of heart disease, obesity, and cancer
  • How long you live

That is the theme of this special interview with Nina Teicholz, author of the international bestseller and critically acclaimed The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat & Cheese Belong in Healthy Diet.

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  • 4:09 Nina’s critique of Dean Ornish’s low-fat, plant-based diet
  • 12:30 The gist of Nina’s book
  • 17:30 How Nina the vegetarian had her own big fat surprise
  • 20:10 Nina addresses objections to eating meat
  • 30:00 Why it’s harder to overeat on fats and proteins
  • 31:30 Vegetable oils and the danger of oxidation
  • 40:30 Why institutional science is an oxymoron
  • 41:45 Ancel Keys and the Big Bang of nutrition science
  • 44:00 The bloodsport of nutrition politics
  • 45:00 The flaws and limitations of Ancel Keys’s study
  • 48:00 Why sampling diets during Lent skews the data
  • 51:30 The low fat diet goes to Washington
  • 60:00 The food pyramid

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It turns out that saturated fats are unlikely to have the cardiovascular risks we thought they did.

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Dean Ornish cites numerous studies, but in fact he did one randomized clinical trial on about 40 men. 

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