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Bluealvarez

Bluealvarez

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

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Gary Taubes
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (280)

    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.

    Mary says: "Science, science, and more (fascinating) science."
    "Great information, a little too much conjecture"
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    What did you love best about Good Calories, Bad Calories?

    The in depth research he seemed to do and the wealth of information on how insulin and other factors work in the body. I think I learned a lot from just listening to that if nothing else.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How much it taught me about cholesterol, trigylcerides, AGE's and a host of other terms that I had only heard of, but now feel like, for a layman, I have a decent grasp of how they work.


    What about Mike Chamberlain’s performance did you like?

    I was amazed at how he managed to emphasize and punctuate every sentence so well, as if he knew exactly what Gary Taubes was trying to say. It can't be easy to do with such dense, technical verbiage. His voice was easy to listen to and I was definitely impressed.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, although there were certainly some things that Gary Taubes said that I didn't agree with or found unnecessary to include because they weakened his argument. Particularly, I was disappointed with the third of the 3 sections, because unlike the first two, it seemed to be much less about dissecting the existing the science and much more about him extrapolating to all manner of ends what else the insulin response in the body might be responsible for, some of which seemed dubious.


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