So much new information that I have learned about diet and nutrition through this book and I thought I knew a lot from reading previous books however this has made me think twice about the way we should eat. None of this book is opinion based everything you read here is backed by scientific study and cited as well.
took til chapter 12 to get to the point. I hate that. it was as if I was visiting an elderly person at a nursing home who's family never comes to visit. you ask them how their day was and they start from when they were born and don't stop til 90 years later. it felt it took 90 years to finish the book! he could've intertwined the history with today's content and it would've been more interesting than to hear all of the outdated materials for 2 hours. The irrelevant facts are only interesting when compared side by side to updated studies. It was painful until chapter 12.
Still making my way through it. It has a lot of info that requires me to backtrack and slow it down sometimes to keep the nuances of the argument straight in my head, but the main point is clear: fat is caused by an accumulation of adipose tissue, which is a metabolic process related to high levels of insulin in the blood, which is caused by consuming carbohydrates. Fat is NOT caused by eating fat, nor are fat people fat because they fail to exercise and/or are consuming too many calories. It's very much changed my view of how to eat, and importantly, of giving up the simplistic idea that it's just "calories in, calories out" if you want to lose fat.
Fantastic book chock full of rather shocking information. Who knew so many health authorities were so invested in being "right" that the country's health would be secondary?
As a physician, I found the science, as presented, regarding today's carbohydrate rich diet and insulin's role in making us fat very compelling. I have read an older version of Atkins and felt the premise made sense, but the science was not there. Taubes has done his homework, and though the complete safety/benefit of saturated fats in regards to cardiovascular disease is still not a settled issue, the carbohydrate/insulin/obesity and diabetes link established here has me convinced.
I've listened to and read much on the subject from several different nutritive perspectives - paleo to vegan, keto to carb centered - this one has me 95% convinced on Dr Taubes' ideology.