six big fat myths about fat: a podcast with David Gillespie (plus I’m giving away 5 copies of his new book!)

Posted on March 2nd, 2012

You may remember David Gillespie from previous discussions such as Why Sugar is Really Grim For You. He’s the author of Sweet Poison and over the past 13 months since I quit sugar we’ve been in regular dialogue.

image via Bon Appetite

Sometimes we talk about the fact that much of what we know about sugar and fat is a big fat lie. Wonderfully, David has now published a book on this very point. Today we’re chatting about his new book Big Fat Lies: How the Diet Industry is Making You Sick, Fat & Poor. If you’ve been wondering, if sugar is bad and saturated fat is actually good, then why are we not been told as such, then this is your weekend read.

But curl up now with a nice buttery piece of toast and enjoy our “fact or fiction” rundown of some common nutritional advice we all get fed…

The five myths we cover off are:

1. eating fat causes heart disease

(For a little more background on the bodgy science that tried to convince us of this myth, see my blog on Ancel Keys‘ fat study.)

2. cholesterol is bad

3. egg yolks are the devil!

4.  eat more vegetable oils to avoid cancer and heart disease

5.  you need to be taking omega 3 oils

In an act of much kindness, David and Penguin Books are giving away 5 copies of Big Fat Lies to readers of this blog.

To be in the running, simply post a ripper comment below by COB Friday. Penguin will then be in touch. Regardless, would love to hear what you think…

PS. Apologies for the false posting of this earlier in the week.

PPS. David and I chat again next week about how and why so many “experts” continue to flog these kind of myths…

 

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  • Jacqui

    Id love a copy – not sure what we simply had to do as it just had ?? but hopefully comment was the missing word ;o)

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    Jul Reply:

    Big Fat Sighs!!!!! I’d love to win a copy of David’s book. I have been on the no sugar trail since september thanks to David and you. THANK YOU BOTH

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    Linda Reply:

    YES PLEASE ….. would be excellent to have your book xxxxxxxxxxx

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    Nic* Reply:

    Oh…..I got your ebook couple of weeks ago and am now in week three of the programme. I wanted to get Davids book ‘sweet poison’, but apparently it has not been translated into french yet. Well at least the mayor sellers (incliding amazon.fr) do not stock it. Bummer! I am getting it now through a friend in the US.
    Therefore, would love to win this one.
    Cheers from France,
    Nic*

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    Angela Reply:

    I would love to win a copy of the book!

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    Liz Dziedzic Reply:

    I would love a copy of the book! Im still in the process of cutting sugar, and am keen to learn sooo much more! so much that I am never tempted by reeces pieces again!

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    Marie Little Reply:

    Hi Peeps, fellow hashimotos, embarked on no grain, no sugar diet with amazing benefits. Weight slow to come off (10 kgs appeared over night – perhaps I should give it a name, my second hashimotos belly). Muscular pain far far reduced.
    So no sugar, are there any thoughts on Stevia, or coconut sugar, or alternatives?
    I find after 2 months I really don’t crave it all all anyway…good luck to all the other people out there getting through it all
    M

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    J Reply:

    Ok. I’m jumping on the ‘quit sugar’ band wagon. Never too late right? I’m one day in and feeling better for it already!!! Would LOVE LOVE LOVE a copy of David’s book.

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    L Reply:

    Can’t believe how much my appetite has changed since I’ve become sugar free! I’m so excited for this new chapter in my life and I’m loving soaking up all this new information! So nice to have some Aussie sugar gurus too! Thanks David & Sarah!

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  • http://www.essenceofwellnesscolorado.blogspot.com Ashley

    I’m following Jacqui and hoping that I can be entered to win a copy of Big Fat Lies by commenting here!!!

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  • Gabby

    Would love to win a copy of the book too – but suspected you may have posted a draft Sarah?

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  • http://nourishingnewsroom.blogger.com Sara

    oohh pick me!

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  • Rebecca

    Simply….comment/pipe up/make myself known/try and win the book?

    Love David.
    Love you.
    Really would like book if you happen to need someone to give it to….

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  • Gabby

    PS There is no question I am a techno spastic but I can only seem to hear you on the podcast? Can’t hear David at all!! :(

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    Jill Reply:

    Gabby, please choose a different word.

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  • Renee

    Can’ WAIT for this book to come out, already have it on pre-order at the library but would love to have a copy of my own!!

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  • erin

    I would love a copy of the book!

    My question (might be silly) – how much fat is too much fat?

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  • Christa

    Here is my ??
    Consider me eligible for a random book prize, please.

    And I will show my husband, he has cut the yolks out for years!

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  • http://www.thesummerhouse.blogspot.com Jana Miller

    i’d love a copy!

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  • Lauren Rose

    I would love to win a copy of David’s new book. For me, his research is what prompted me to start askign questions last year, and really was the trigger for what has got me to this positive point I am at today.

    Fingers and toes crossed! Otherwise will just add it to my birthday list in August :-D xxx

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  • Felicity

    Hi Sarah,

    I can only hear you on the podcast, not David? Am i doing something wrong? :)

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    Sarah Wilson Reply:

    Yes, it’s been updated now. Apologies! It would appear you’re the only one so far who’d actually listened in !

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    Gabby Reply:

    Actually nope – the sixth comment down was mine – I think I may have been the very first person to try!
    Glad its working now….

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  • Aimee

    I just hired Sweet Poison from the library and can’t wait to get stuck into this book. I recently watched Food Inc and was gobsmacked by how misleady the food industry is! I would love to enter myself in the comp to win his new book as I am newly facinated in this (and also horrified by some of the things that were on the film!)

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  • aj

    oh me please!

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  • http://Headplanthealth.com Catie

    Two words to convert a fat-fearin’ friend:
    1. pork
    2. crackling
    (From (previously) happy, free roaming piggies, of course).
    It doesn’t get more compelling than that!
    Would love to indulge my fat-tooth and gnaw on a big hunk of David’s new book!

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  • Lindsey

    I would love to win a copy of David’s book- I have been slowly coming around to my husband’s way of thinking as a paleo follower and have been enjoying butter on my vegies of late. :) I find it fascinating that public perception can be skewed so comprehensively and would love to learn more. I’ll have a listen to the podcast when I’m not doing the sneaky at work!

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  • https://twitter.com/#!/Luluguru011 Lisa

    I am so interested in health but amazed how many lies are out there to make money by brain washing people!
    id love a copy of this book to set the record straight!!

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  • Louise

    So interested in this book and would love a copy to answer some of my own questions and ponderings on this subject and to explain these concepts to others. Following the path of less sugar and processed foods and more of the raw, less processed, good fats in my diet has been so beneficial for my digestive system, skin, metabolism, mood, outlook on life etc. etc. Thankyou David and Sarah for speaking out on this and for equipping people with knowledge and practical how to’s!!

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  • Melody

    I would love a copy.
    I’m not sure if you send to the US?

    I just recently found your blog. Such great information!
    Thanks

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  • aj

    yes please. I’d love this. I am week three in iqs

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  • kate

    I would love a copy of David’s new book. I really enjoyed his first so much that I’m reading it again. I reall want to soak up all of his information so I can make the right choices about my health and the food I eat. Woo :)

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  • Cindy

    Would love a copy of this book just to be able to poke under the nose of all my disbelieving friends and relatives. So difficult to try and justify my way of eating without turning into an evangelical type – at least they will know that is not just me!

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