Body IO® FM #22 | Nina Teicholz

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What are trans fats and how bad are they? How did government policy start on saturated fats?
Our guest today on Body IO FM is Nina Teicholz, author of The Big Fat Surprise. We discuss myths about dietary fats and how views have changed in regards to low-fat diets.
Nina 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.
To learn more, get Nina’s book at the following link:
1. A Big Fat Surprise


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Physicist turned nutrition and performance scientist. Currently considered one of the industry’s leading experts on human metabolism.

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  • Does anyone know how I can get this podcast on my iphone? I can’t sit on my computer or stream on my phone using data to listen. Is there any options for me?

  • Great show, guys (and Nina). I have to say, I don’t think the low-fat, low-cholesterol “thing” was *initially* a conspiracy, but with the not-small mountains of evidence that have accumulated against the saturated-fat-equals-heart-attack dogma during the last several years, it’s hard to look at the state of things currently and think there aren’t some nefarious economic & political forces at work keeping us entrenched in the same-old *now.* Conspiracy? I don’t know if I’d go that far, but certainly a desire to keep heads firmly buried in the sand and drown out anything the experts don’t want to hear by covering their ears and humming, like little children.

    You really can’t blame the food companies. They were just–as is their raison d’etre–trying to make money and increase business. We wanted low-fat products; they made ’em. We wanted cholesterol-free, low-sodium foods; they made ’em. Same reason there’s all this sugar-free crap available now. So you can’t blame private industry, whose goal is to increase profits. They’ll make whatever we demand. So who *can* we lay this at the feet of? It would be bad enough if it was *only* the government, but it wasn’t/isn’t. It’s academia, too. It’s scientists who have been silenced. (Mary Enig was shouting about the dangers of trans fats as far back as the 1970s, I think.) It’s our own family doctors (not to mention the *specialists*) who don’t bother to stay current on the literature.

  • Fascinating!!! Absolutely mind boggling!! Keifer and Rocky I never regret the time I dedicate to listening to your podcasts. We have been led like blind sheep for too long!! Thank you for opening our minds!!!!


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