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Good Calories Bad Calories Fats Carbs and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health Vintage

Posted Nov 23 2010 8:22am

Good Calories Bad Calories Fats Carbs and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health Vintage

For decades we have been taught that fat is bad for us, carbohydrates better, and that the key to a healthy weight is eating less and exercising more. Yet despite this advice, we have seen unprecedented epidemics of obesity and diabetes. Taubes argues that the problem lies in refined carbohydrates, like white flour, easily digested starches, and sugars, and that the key to good health is the kind of calories we take in, not the number. In this groundbreaking book, award-winning science writer Gary Taubes shows us that almost everything we believe about the nature of a healthy diet is wrong.

5 Stars The bible of human nutrition
Taubes’ book is exhaustively researched and documented, perhaps the final word on nutrition as we currently know it. The book is also beautifully written and very readable, a real page turner. Taubes is a gifted story teller. It is like reading a novel, a tale of strong personalities engaged in controversy. The truth that emerges is vital– the high nutritional value of fat versus the toxicity of sugar and, to a lesser degree, all carbohydrates.

5 Stars Excellent
So well written and interesting, this book is entirely engrossing. Compelling arguments backed by both critical hypthoses and evidence, this book really altered how I look at food and most importantly, got me to question the “obvious” notions about food I’d grown up with. I’ve totally turned my diet around and this book was the catalyst. I feel so much better and am truly just relieved to be off of the insulin yo-yo.

5 Stars Comments of a Medical Researcher
Taubes’ work is distinctive in that he reports the history that shaped nutritional beliefs in the USA. The signal message is there was a major misdirection of dietary recommendations coming from professional organizations along with the federal government. For the most part the data, which checks out upon review, leads the reader to conclusions supported by recent scientific investigations. Where he gives a personal opinion, he clearly identifies it as such. The work is devoid of any commercial promotion or program promotion; thus it serves the purpose of enabling the reader to comprehend underlieing basics without entrepreneural bias.

Because the book ranges over a number of different domains, the problem of disciplinary constraint does not appear. Anyone interested in nutrition from almost any perspective would have his knowledge expanded. Equally or more influential than science-of-the-day was the politics-of-the-time and those individuals who played pivotal roles – something missing in other works on the same general topic.

Coverage of the relevant investigations, science findings, and investigators themselves is at an ‘intelligent lay level’. Complicated medical and nutritional concepts are clearly set out in ‘plain English’.

This is a foundational work that should be required reading for the serious student of nutrition.

5 Stars Very educational and enlightening.
If you are the slightest bit concerned about what you eat, the nutritional value of your food or just curious about the overwhelming rise of obesity and other diseases, you must read this book. It has changed my way of thinking and consuming food.

5 Stars Kindle edition is NOT published by Anchor
I had read the hardcover published by Knopf in 2007, and wanted to read the “Afterword to the Anchor [paperback] edition.” The Kindle edition is described as published by Anchor, so I ordered and downloaded it. It’s the original Knopf edition, without the new Afterword. I should have noticed that the publication date of the Kindle edition is given as 2007, not 2008.

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