Good Calories, Bad Calories: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Diet, Weight Control, and Disease by Gary TaubesFor 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.
Good Calories, Bad Calories
I have a special place in my heart for pop science books. They can be a great way for accomplished scientists to take a complex field of study and distill it down to its essentials. They can also be a great way for excellent science communicators to take what might seemingly be a dry and boring field and make it exciting. Several years ago I stoked my interest in nutrition with a pantheon of pop science books. I devoured these books as quickly and pleasurably as I would a delicious meal. However, now looking back with many advanced science and nutrition classes under my belt I view these texts as overly simplistic and usually presented with a heavy bias. Their claims will not be vetted well, if at all.
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Gary Taubes is a brave and bold science journalist who does not accept conventional wisdom. His thesis, first introduced in a much-debated article in The New York Times Magazine in challenging the low-fat diet orthodoxy, is that nutrition and public health research and policy have been driven by poor science and a sort of pigheaded insistence on failed hypotheses. As a result, people are confused and misinformed about the relationship between what they eat and their risk of growing fat. He expands that thesis in the new book, arguing that the same confused reasoning and poor science has led to misconceptions about the relation between diet and heart disease, high blood pressure , cancer , dementia, diabetes and, again, obesity. Taubes spent five years working on the book, which runs to more than pages.