Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes

Good Calories, Bad Calories

byGary Taubes

Kobo ebook | September 25, 2007

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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. Called “a very important book,” by Andrew Weil and …” destined to change the way we think about food,” by Michael Pollan,  this groundbreaking book by award-winning science writer Gary Taubes shows us that almost everything we believe about the nature of a healthy diet is wrong. 

Don't miss Gary Taubes's latest book, The Case Against Sugar, available now.  

Title:Good Calories, Bad CaloriesFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 25, 2007Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A well researched book I found this book very informative. Taupe gives a condensed history of the arguments for and against both consuming fat and sugar. His meta analysis and writing style is sometimes confusing and the reader has to pay close attention to which side of the argument the author is at times presenting. This book is for the reader who wants to have a clearer understanding of the forces in society that manipulate our eating habits thus resulting in our poor health. I like the fact that Taube provides an expose of the "diseases of the twentieth century" . The reader needs to be aware however that this tome is not a definitive examination which provides all the answers. More research is being released daily on the topics explored in this book which will undoubtedly alter some of Taubes findings. Read this book carefully then continue the search yourself
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A well researched book I found this book very informative. Taupe gives a condensed history of the arguments for and against both consuming fat and sugar. His meta analysis and writing style is sometimes confusing and the reader has to pay close attention to which side of the argument the author is at times presenting. This book is for the reader who wants to have a clearer understanding of the forces in society that manipulate our eating habits thus resulting in our poor health. I like the fact that Taube provides an expose of the "diseases of the twentieth century" . The reader needs to be aware however that this tome is not a definitive examination which provides all the answers. More research is being released daily on the topics explored in this book which will undoubtedly alter some of Taubes findings. Read this book carefully then continue the search yourself
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ever wonder how the food pyramid came to be? Well, this comprehensive book lays it all out-showing you how North America has become Fat! Be prepared though, this is a long, thorough exploration of good vs bad calories!
Date published: 2014-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Truth About Obesity In a nutshell: Eating, ultimately, is about feeding cells in our body. Hunger is internal starvation. We overeat when our metabolism doesn't liberate fat stores fast enough, resulting in cellular starvation, and hence hunger. Carbs inhibit this process by stimulating too much insulin and insulin resistance. This is culminative, and in the worse case results in diabetes. One likely proof? Low-carb diets don't induce hunger, indicating cells are being fed from internal stores. Internal food (fast) versus external food are roughly the same from a hunger perspective. And if that internal food is inhibited, more hunger, more eating. More proof: fasting is relatively easy once the body adjusts. Hunger goes away. This book reviews all the key diet and obesity research and their associated strengths, weaknesses, and contradictions. You will likely be convinced after reading it, and learn a ton about health, science and human nature. One strikingly obvious lesson- good science, and good scientists, don't engage in the self-promotion and pet-theory mongering that, unfortunately, seem to be noticed by media and government and become public policy. The second- public policy and the status quo have a huge influence on the beliefs and outlooks of a research community. My personal epiphany was thinking about eating as cellular nutrition, and thinking about fat stores as important energy stores, not unwanted side effects of eating. A lot of studies in the book show convincingly show hunger is cellular-need driven- both fuel and nutrients- and this opens up important new perspectives. A few other influences on the current mess outlined nicely in the book through copious reviews of studies: 1) When you remove fats, you add carbs. You need to eat something, right? Michael Pollan raises this point nicely as well in "In Defence of Food"- when you remove something, consider what replaces it. 2) much research that showed higher fat leading to higher disease ignored the prevalence of higher refined carbs. This was the switch all interpretations turn on, and without controlling for it, renders the low-fat diet conclusions reached by these studies as unsupportable and downright dangerous. 3) the assumption that fat was more fattening due to being calorie dense (9 calories versus 4 for carbs and proteins) is absolutely wrong. This was an important secondary influence on pushing low fat diets. Sadly, this was all known 50 years ago, and ignored due to cholesterol and fat and other red herrings. Once fat was the demon, carbs had to be the angel. And what did we get? An obesity epidemic unlike any seen in history. This book is beautifully written, and a great, engaging read. I found one awkward chapter in the middle- Paradoxes- but it made sense when I read later chapters. It was summarizing the research covered so far, and laying down the hypothesis for the remainder of the book. Read this book. It might save your life.
Date published: 2010-03-04