Avid fan of sci-fi and James Marsters, I use audio books to inspire me to exercise, taking them on morning walks. It's a perfect combo!
For me, yes. I have both, actually, but the print version can get quite bogged down in the details which are important to show the research done, but not necessary to get the point across.
Realizing that our government has been, and continues to, lead us in the wrong direction regarding our health.
Much too long and too much to digest for 'one sitting'.
THIS IS A MUST READ / MUST LISTEN for everyone, regardless of your health, weight, diet, etc. We have been given BAD ADVICE from doctors and our government for TOO LONG. Commonsense has been tossed aside. Low calorie diets are KILLING US!! This is a national epidemic ... perhaps worldwide, and no one has the stones to stand up and say, 'Hey! This isn't working!' Gary Taubes has the stones to say it and prove it.
20 hours of listening is a quite heavy experience. Still the book was interesting. Now I would like to hear if anyone has written an equally thorough book and come to a different conclusion about the nature of healthy diet.
Addicted to Audible since 2009
yes I would in terms of health and dieting it was one of the best books I've read/listened to. Then again, much of it was dry and hard to keep up with.
Probably not. He really didn't excite me any and he made the book a little boring tho, that could have been due to the material itself.
Yes as a documentary
This is was very educational listen, which I'd love to listed to again but at the same time, it was boring and hard to get through.
Substance over Fluff
Yes. The simplicity with which the author sorts through the vast information and misinformation about food, diet and health and how those things interact makes me feel like I have had a veil pulled off my eyes.
I have always had a big sweet-tooth and the information in this book has made me look at my beloved sweets in a whole new light. That has been the most life-changing thing. I ACTUALLY ENJOY FOOD AND EATING MORE NOW THAT I HAVE READ THIS BOOK.
Keep listening. I know it is long, but some of the best information comes in the middle and latter part of the book. But the beginning is great too, so don't skip over it.
The reader's voice was nice, however, his errors in pronunciation of words, both scientific and not, was very poor. It is hard to imagine that these were typos by the author given the scientific research provided in this book, however, it is possible that these are the authors mistakes. When listening I attributed these errors to the reader. For example, in a book claiming to be scientific, reading A-1-c (A one c) as A-I-c (A eye c) is unacceptable and calls into question the integrity of the author and the book. Also, using adopt instead of adapt is inappropriate.
Say something about yourself!
Wholeheartedly YES! This book needs to be taught in schools. It is historical, insightful, mind bending, exceptionally researched and written, and it's going to change my life.
It would be beneficial to anyone - lean to obese. Knowledge is power. After reading/listening to this book I feel empowered.
Chapter 24. I was listening to this one in bed before going to sleep and the truths it revealed made me so angry that I had to get up. These things should have been taught to us and our parents at every opportunity. If they had, we would always have treated grains, breads and sugars as true treats and giving them up now wouldn't seem so incredibly insurmountable for overweight people.
The truth behind the political intrigues and egos of the nutritional research community - and why they're killing you.
I am a 36 year old, 5'7", 275 pound obese woman, and I've never been able to stick to a diet. 40 of the pounds was put on in the last year. I was an active thin child and teen and I ate whatever I wanted. My mother made balanced, traditional meals. I sold my horse, went to college and started to balloon - freshman 15 every year (and I went through 7 years of college/law school). No matter what I tried, I always went back to bread and sweets, which were invariably mixed with the fat I was trying to avoid. NOW I know why. I truly KNOW - because it's been meticulously explained from historic, scientific, and political vantage points. NOW I stand a chance of beating it.
I have also passed the pre-diabetic threshold, so I have been working with an endocrinologist and she has me on Metformin and Victoza to help with the insulin resistance. The Victoza has really helped my appetite and my cravings are nearly gone. The Victoza in combination with my new knowledge and anger at having this information kept from me my whole life is a trifecta that I am going to use to propel myself into the way of eating we should have had our entire lives. Suddenly it seems like the obvious thing to do, and leaving behind breads and sugars seems like a sweet release, not a nightmarish endeavor doomed to failure. (I'm pretty sure the last is the Victoza speaking - but I'm going with it. Oh, and pun intended.)
For anyone that's going to go carb/sugar free, the book doesn't talk about it, but others do. The source of the meat and fat you're eating matters too. Read up on conventional feed lots, farmed fish, caged chicken conditions, and what those animals are given to eat. You'll soon discover that grain fed beef/lamb, free range, soy free poultry, wild fish, and foraged, soy free pork are the way to really get the most nutrition and best balance of nutrition. It's tricky and overwhelming to try to find these things, but the internet is a wonderful thing and I was able to find a local farm that delivers these things. Poke around your area and you'll probably find something too. OH! and if you ever get a chance to try raw, whole milk from grass fed cows (preferably Jersey cows) - take it. The stuff is delicious and probiotic. It'll take up some of your allotted carbs for the day, but it's so worth it both in taste and nutrition.
Informative with the right amount of facts and research
In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
No, but definitely listen to multiple times
Thiis book is the most transformational book ie read and probably will ever read. It literally transformed my perception of food and changed me for the better. If Nobel prizes were given out for questioning common wisdom Gary Taubes has my vote.
great narrator with a very clear voice. Outstanding story and it is amazing that with today's technology something seemingly so positively simple is not rigorously tested.