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Is Saturated Fat Good or Bad with Nina Teicholz

Jul 15, 2021

Is saturated fat good or bad? Nina Teicholz’s book, The Big Fat Surprise, took the diet industry by storm. In it, she discusses the science and politics of fat, and red meat. Learn why butter, meat, and cheese belong IN a healthy diet during this interview. 

While the whole-foods, plant-based diet is being touted as the healthiest diet for humans, if you already have insulin resistance (which 85% of adults do), this approach won’t be the most effective for you to lose weight and keep it off.

While you may have heard that saturated fat is linked to heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes, Nina provides a compelling argument otherwise based on thousands of hours of research. 

She talks about what’s wrong with the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020 Update, and benefits of eating red meat. If you’re one who’s been struggling with wanting to eat more fat, but afraid that eating a low carb high fat diet isn’t healthy, this interview will give you a fresh perspective and peace of mind. 


Who is Nina Teicholz?

Nina Teicholz is an investigative science journalist and Executive Director of The Nutrition Coalition, which is a nonprofit, non-partisan group that is free from industry funding, and committed to ensuring that the U.S. Nutrition Guidelines’ process is transparent and scientifically rigorous, in order to ensure that the Guidelines are trustworthy and evidence-based. 

Her international and New York Times bestseller, The Big Fat Surprise has upended the conventional wisdom on dietary fat–especially saturated fat–and challenged the very core of our nutrition policy. Much of my audience is familiar with Jason Fung’s work and she wrote the Forward in his groundbreaking book The Diabetes Code. 

Nina’s writing has also been published in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, MedScape, and many others.

Teicholz attended Yale and Stanford where she studied biology and majored in American Studies. She has a master’s degree from Oxford University and served as associate director of the Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development at Columbia University. 

A former vegetarian of 25+ years, from Berkeley, CA, Teicholz now lives in New York city with her husband and two sons.

You can connect with her on Twitter at @bigfatsurprise, visit her personal Website at, or visit The Nutrition Coalition website at


Resources Mentioned in This Interview

The Science and Politics of Red Meat - Talk Nina gave for Low-Carb Denver:
JAMA article on the shocking reaction to the rigorous papers on red meat, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, in 2019 (this is the only place this article is publicly posted—otherwise behind a paywall):

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