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Q&A: Why We're Better Off Eating Plenty of Fat

Q&A: Why We're Better Off Eating Plenty of Fat
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Last week science helped us clearly establish that wine may or may not be good for you. You’re welcome. Now, what about fat?

In the latest is-it-or-isn’t-it nutrition debate, author and cheese advocate Nina Teicholz says fat has been misunderstood and unfairly vilified. Her new book, The Big Fat Surprise, argues that more fat—including the saturated kind found in meat, dairy, and eggs—leads to better health and weight loss. Bloomberg Businessweek wanted to know how she decided it was all right to give such seemingly indulgent advice. What follows is an edited, condensed version of the conversation.