Our Nation's (and the Globe's) Health is Suffering - What Can We Do?
August 2019 | In Vino & Fat Veritas - Dixie Huey's Letter to Culinary Journalists
Like most, I long held a belief that dietary fat was bad for health and over many of my 20 years in the wine industry, I've felt guilty for "indulging" in cheese, butter and even red meat.
Then I read investigative journalist, Nina Teicholz's Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet, a tome that transformed the way I think about food and health, plus challenged me to determine a way to share her story and work with the wine and culinary industries.
We in wine spend a lot of time discussing sourcing, philosophy, travel, trends and politics, but there's one topic that's never on the table: our nation's struggles with food, weight and the epidemic of obesity-related disease. As we are purveyors of the epicurean world, we can help bring pleasure and health back into dining by sharing this information!
Nina's nine-year journey to examine all of the scientific evidence surrounding dietary fat began with an assignment from Gourmet to investigate trans fats, and led to a book that has started to change the conversation and her founding of the Nutrition Coalition, a D.C.-based non-profit seeking evidence-based US dietary guidelines.
Dietary fat is a controversial topic, especially among most nutrition and medical professionals. And health-related press coverage of the subject can be similar to that of wine -- is it or is it not good for us? (It seems the headline teeters daily between yes and no.) Nina has weathered plenty of backlash, but she's bold, thorough, and has the scientific evidence on her side.
Watch Nina on the trailer for this truly awesome new film, Fat: A Documentary. If you're interested, I'd be happy to send you a copy of her book and/ or connect you for an interview.
In vino and fat veritas,