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

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

Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health By Gary Taubes Mike Chamberlain Good Calories Bad Calories Fats Carbs and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health Richard Rhodes a Pulitzer Prize winner himself calls Good Calories Bad Calories the most important book on diet and health to be published in the past years If Taubes were a scientist rather th

  • Title: Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health
  • Author: Gary Taubes Mike Chamberlain
  • ISBN: 9781455116782
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health By Gary Taubes Mike Chamberlain Richard Rhodes, a Pulitzer Prize winner himself, calls Good Calories, Bad Calories the most important book on diet and health to be published in the past 100 years If Taubes were a scientist rather than a gifted, resourceful science journalist, he would deserve and receive the Nobel Prize in Medicine In this book, the award winning science writer doesn t mince words abRichard Rhodes, a Pulitzer Prize winner himself, calls Good Calories, Bad Calories the most important book on diet and health to be published in the past 100 years If Taubes were a scientist rather than a gifted, resourceful science journalist, he would deserve and receive the Nobel Prize in Medicine In this book, the award winning science writer doesn t mince words about accepted wisdom regarding weight control In his view, it s all one big fat lie More specifically, he insists that fat is getting a bad rap it s refined carbohydrates that are causing our ever widening waistlines To prove his point, he notes how the introduction of white flour, sugar, and easily digestible starches a century ago ushered in an age of obesity.
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    1. James on said:

      It is fitting that I finished this book while descending for landing over Newark airport in the middle of intense turbulence It was the airsickness that the turbulent descent caused that I consider fitting The sickening feeling one is left with after reading this book is similar it starts slowly, it rises almost imperceptibly, but eventually, it seizes you almost entirely and renders you incapable of perceiving anything else.Such is Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes, a book of such sign [...]

    2. Dianne on said:

      This book is like the Copernican Revolution of diet advice reverse one key assumption, and suddenly all the evidence that didn t fit the previous hypothesis suddenly makes sense Taubes suggests that we ve mixed up cause and effect we don t get fat because we eat too many calories and don t get enough exercise It s the other way around we eat too many calories and don t have the energy to exercise because we re fat That is to say, obesity is a medical condition caused by our body channeling too m [...]

    3. Belinda on said:

      Holy RESEARCH, Batman Wow It seems like Gary Taubes maybe took a lot of guff after his controversial piece in the New York Times, and decided to just let all his critics have it by burying them in tons and tons of data.I have read about low carb diets before, but nothing really convincing to me, anyway, because I loves my bread This 600 page whopper really drives the point home that of all the variables in our diets, the one thing that affects the most change when it s reduced, increased, or rem [...]

    4. Duffy Pratt on said:

      I ve often been asked what s the best way to lose 10 lbs quickly, usually by someone who is getting ready for some major event A few times, I ve answered You could cut off one of your legs For some reason, this answer never goes over that well And yes, its not as funny as I first thought, but it does have a point.Of course, most people mean they want to lose some subcutaneous fat That is why most people ridicule the early weight loss on a low carb diet it s only water that you lost, so it doesn [...]

    5. Lala Hulse on said:

      First the bad this book is a slog, especially the first third of it It definitely takes some effort to read That said, if you re interested in nutrition, or fitness, or biology or, as I am, debunking and exposing bad science, you should read this book Taubes makes a convincing case for the idea that the dietary guidelines we Americans have been getting for the last forty years are not healthy and are making us fatter and less fit He shows how obesity is considered a moral failing laziness and la [...]

    6. Jim on said:

      This is by no means an easy read nor an easy argument Taubes reviews the scientific literature relating to diet, obsesity and chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes He tells us why the recent focus on low fat, high carbohydrate diets is not based on credible scientific evidence The argument has been that high fat diets cause heart disease Taubes argues that consuming sugar and refined carbohydrates causes the body to produce excessive insulin which causes fat retention This hormonal [...]

    7. Pcallist on said:

      I read this 500 page tome in 2 days Resisted starting to re read because I promised it to others This is by outstanding science journalist Gary Taubes I had so many light bulbs going on while I read this that I was almost blinded I m a chemist and I have taken a course in chemical thermodynamics His treatment of all calories are not created equally was revelatory For a long time the nutritionists argument that because you can extract by testing with a bomb calorimeter in a lab 9 calories gram fr [...]

    8. Karin on said:

      This is NOT a diet book as one might imagine from looking at the cover it s an quietly revolutionary treatise by a very accomplished science journalist It s a very dense book that requires a lot of thought, especially from somebody like me with only cursory background in biology Nevertheless, I find it absolutely fascinating Taubes not only undermines a lot of the basic nutritional wisdom we all grew up with, he details the historical evolution of scientific thought about nutrition in a way that [...]

    9. Richard's Bibby on said:

      I had thought about the theme of this book for awhile what explicit scientific research supports our knowledge of nutrition Taube answers these questions particularly in his contention that refined carbohydrates lead to a myriad of diseases of civilization What differentiates this book from the endless advice of health magazines, doctors and pop nutritionists is the specific scientific studies he uses in the construction of his argument and the historical research concerning how our current thou [...]

    10. Jack on said:

      It s difficult to recommend this book highly enough There are at least three topics about which the common wisdom is completely overturned by the author in this book the physiology of fat accumulation and obesity, the causes of the diseases of civilization such diabetes and heart conditions, and the nature of a healthy diet which will produce weight loss along with physical and mental well being Pretty much everything we have been brought up to believe regarding these subjects is fundamentally f [...]

    11. Tucker Carney on said:

      Honestly, I never finished the book At first I thought it was incredible, and the explanation of how our culture came to embrace the food pyramid and the switch to processed carbo loaded foods was fascinating and infuriating But like any good contrarian, as I got further into the book I started to question many of the authors sources too It s too one sided I d like a little give and take even if it ultimately ended up with the same conclusion With the one sided format you start to question its [...]

    12. Jenny on said:

      This book changed the way I thought about food Taubes analysis of existing studies is convincing and I m relieved that he has done all the reading for me To summarize, sugar will kill you and you should cut back on carbs At times, it is exhausting to read through endless verbal descriptions of graphs and tables I ll also point out that he lambastes scientists for having biases and agendas, while the book has a very dominant agenda throughout.

    13. Glenn on said:

      Still in the first part of this book, but so far it is a thorough overview of the history of medical research into diet It has almost completely shattered my view of the state of government funded research in America It is disturbing to discover that everything you have heard about healthy eating your whole life might be totally wrong.

    14. Kevin Rose on said:

      This book is extremely technical, you almost need a background in nutrition to understand some of the research presented For an easier digestible book about glycemic load, check out theGlycemic load Diet

    15. Diane on said:

      Lots of science, lots of suggestion that the hypotheses have driven the interpretation of the evidence, rather than the evidence supporting or refuting the hypotheses.I don t know what to think about the overall book yet I still have some pages to wade through It almost feels like being persuaded that the world is flat.

    16. Mindi Bennett on said:

      This is a long review, but I wanted to quote from the Epilogue because I think it sums up with whole book in fairly simple language So if you read this you can pat yourself on the back and say I just read a 601 page book today, summed up I think Gary Taubes findings will surprise you, it seems to go against everything I thought I knew about nutrition And since I have a tendency to believe everything I read, I m very confused right now The whole time I was reading this book I read two chapters, S [...]

    17. Greg Linster on said:

      What makes people fat Is red meat unhealthy Will a diet low in saturated fat reduce your risk for heart diseases It s fair to say that most of us have grown accustomed to the conventional wisdom that is often used to answer these questions, i.e being lazy makes people fat, red meat is unhealthy, and, of course, a diet low in saturated fat is better for you than one high in saturated fat Gary Taubes, author of Good Calories, Bad Calories, asks us to consider one question though have any of these [...]

    18. Chrissy Wissler on said:

      Nothing is frustrating than following all the right steps, sticking to your good eating and exercise habits, getting on the scale and seeing absolutely no drop Or worse, you ve gained.But what if they were wrong You know, all those rules your mother or father instilled into your young mind about staying away from cheese and butter, eating low fat and limiting red meat What if the government s famous food pyramid was actually based on incomplete data, that when actually looked at closely, contra [...]

    19. Jeff Van Campen on said:

      I read Good Calories, Bad Calories over several months This book is incredibly well researched Gary Taubes says he s spent over fifteen years researching the book , and very well written It examines the science behind the carbohydrate hypothesis The hypothesis is that excess carbohydrate consumption, specifically sugar, high fructose corn syrup and other refined carbohydrates e.g white bread and white rice is behind the rise in obesity over the last twenty years.In order to make this argument, T [...]

    20. Elizabeta on said:

      A ginormous book A ton of research, little dry, but still bunch of information.This book would be suitable for medical professionals, while his other book Why we get fat is recommended for mortals like me

    21. rivka on said:

      Why Check out the NY Times review She puts my objections very well.nytimes 2007 10 07 boo

    22. Jodi on said:

      This book is one of the most important health books I have ever read My copy was called The Diet Delusion which is the UK and Australian etc title of the book Good Calories, Bad Calories The author is incredibly intelligent and that this book took the author than five years to write, shows I ve read few health books so intelligently written as this one.I thought I was quite well educated about diet and the need to restrict refined carbohydrates for good health and to stop weight gain but I lear [...]

    23. Justine on said:

      scientific journalism in regards to how to evaluate science Persons with last names liek Keys are generally bad for our society i.e Ancel Keys, Alan Keyes, John Maynard Keynes, Alicia Keys etc Okay I just made up that hypothesis myself But it helps me remember Ancel Keys name He s the Univ of Minnesota physiologist who first demonized cholesterol despite the fact that there wasn t any conclusive evidence that it caused heart attacks or other problems.This book is very heavy on research on scienc [...]

    24. Jonathan-David Jackson on said:

      To decide if you want to bite into a book this dense, read this article The Sugar Conspiracy The Guardian It speaks about nearly everything this book does, but in a much readable way and with a lot less detail If the article satisfies you, look no further If it leaves you wanting , then get this book I enjoyed reading it because it confirms the book, and I enjoy having my opinions confirmed.Here are the 8 main points made in this book, paraphrased 1 Eating fat does not cause obesity, high chole [...]

    25. Cathy on said:

      This book turns everything we thought we knew about good nutrition on its ear For starters, the idea that you have to burn the same number of calories that you eat every day to avoid gaining weight is a myth You think you can burn off that 500 calorie dessert you just ate You would have to run for miles.d milesd miles in a word, it s impossible So is it hopeless No It s not the number of calories though I suppose it s possible to overdo , it s the KIND of calories Believe it or not, there has be [...]

    26. Bill on said:

      My new motto is 145 by July, meaning I would like to trim 50 pounds of fat accumulated over 20 years in approximately six months In the process, I am hoping to see a reduction in my blood pressure and the level of triglycerides in my bloodstream to a acceptable level For anyone who subscribes to the conventional wisdom about dieting, this is a truly Quixotic aspiration.Gary Taubes, in Good Calories, Bad Calories, attempts to turn the conventional wisdom on its a head A historian of science and [...]

    27. Philip Mcclarty on said:

      Taubes is an unbelievable researcher Obviously with any book quoting studies, data and conclusions can be manipulated, however his ability to pull examples and studies from many different disciplines and time periods have thoroughly convinced me that sugar in than small amounts is very, very bad.bacco smoking bad least when is comes to chronic disease It also convinced me to substitue fat calories for sugar carb calories I have lost 15 lbs so far and feel greatjust from limiting my daily carb i [...]

    28. David K on said:

      If you have any interest in the history of modern nutritional recommendations or are bothered by the continual contradictions of those same recommendations, this is a book you need to read Gary Taubes is a science journalist and he s done some serious digging into the background of the numerous studies and papers that have proffered a nutritional orthodoxy on the basis of reasonable conjectures that continue to run counter to actual evidence Does eating fat make you fat Does exercise make you sl [...]

    29. Meredith on said:

      All my life, everything I learned about nutrition focused on low fat diets Supposedly, a low fat diet was the grail to good living So why did 30 years of a healthy low fat diet give me elevated blood sugar and high cholesterol Why do I feel and look so much better after 3 months on a low carb, high fat diet Taubes does an excellent job of using historical and modern research to explain why the low fat dogma has been embraced by the medical community and the government, despite decades nay, centu [...]

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