Nina Teicholz and John Mackey Nutrition Science Debate

On March 5, a fascinating debate on nutrition science is taking place between Nina Teicholz, author of The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet, and John Mackey, the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market.

John Mackey will speak in favor of a 90+% plant diet that excludes sugar and refined grain products, while Nina Teicholz will defend an animal foods/low-carb diet.

This event is free and open to the public. See the event's page for more information and to RSVP:


I realize that it's common for us to be combative with the vegan community — I do it myself — but please be respectful of John Mackey (yes, a vegan!) even if you disagree with some of his arguments. Some people talk about the world they'd like to see and other people actually go build it. Through his decades-long work at Whole Foods, Mr. Mackey has created countless opportunities for eaters and suppliers of real food, while also improving conditions for animals that people like us choose to eat.

It would reflect EXTREMELY POORLY on the entire paleo community if our members were to ask obnoxious or disrespectful questions or use a dismissive tone with someone who has devoted his life to so much good.

Strong disagreement is expected and acceptable given the debate format — I've debated the topic with Mackey myself — but please be thoughtful with your comments and respectful in tone. It reflects on all of us.

With all that said, GO NINA! 😉

John Durant

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