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Good Calories, Bad Calories Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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. 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.

©2007, 2008 Gary Taubes (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Easily the most important book on diet and health to be published in the past one hundred years. It is clear, fast-paced, and exciting to read, rigorous, authoritative, and a beacon of hope for all those who struggle with problems of weight regulation and general health." (Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize–winning author)

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    Tee 01-07-13
    Tee 01-07-13 Member Since 2013

    My 2 hour round trip commute daily is made tolerable only by audio books.

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    "Excellent Book revealing how dogma trumps evidence"
    If you could sum up Good Calories, Bad Calories in three words, what would they be?

    Bad science revealed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Good Calories, Bad Calories?

    How a large, often sited, study ignored their actual findings in favor of the accepted dogma which their findings contradicted.


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 05-21-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 05-21-16 Member Since 2016

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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    "Government nutrition guidlines have been deadly!"

    The US government has issued nutrition guidelines supposedly based on sound science since the 1960's. The guidelines have consistently been wrong and unhealthy for Americans who followed them. The government guidelines have caused far greater instances of obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Good Calories , Bad Calories is a landmark publication on human nutrition that uses real science to utterly destroy government nutrition guidelines. The audiobook is long at over 25 hours, but it is well worth the time. He wrote a much shorter book Why We Get Fat for those that do not have the time for Good Calories, Bad Calories.

    There are over 500 books that I have not reviewed in my Audible library. I'm taking some time to review the very best and worst of those 500+ audiobooks. I first listened to this very important audiobook almost 7 ears ago.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-09-13
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    "Fantastic"

    Nicely read by Chamberlain, but the real brilliance of this book is the quality and depth of the research described in the book. This is probably the best and most important book that I have ever read or listened to.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Peter ALLSTON, MA, United States 02-26-13
    Peter ALLSTON, MA, United States 02-26-13
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    "Good Scientific Review of Diet & Nutrition"

    Great book about actual scientific information behind diet and nutrition and how the body uses carbohydrates vs. fats. Very science and study heavy though, so can get a little dry. Would recommend going through Taube's other book first, "Why We Get Fat", and if you enjoy that check this one out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Burt Napa, CA, United States 12-19-12
    Burt Napa, CA, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Long and dry but full of info"
    What did you like best about Good Calories, Bad Calories? What did you like least?

    Not what expected. Lots of information on history of fat, calories, cholesterol, heart disease, etc. Good dissertation, but not for someone looking for practical steps to better nutrition. Couldn't get all the way through the book.


    Has Good Calories, Bad Calories turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Aperture Science 11-28-12

    Aperture Science

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    "You want facts, you got facts. So much info!"
    Where does Good Calories, Bad Calories rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Good Calories, Bad Calories?

    I had ok to good knowledge on the subject, at least I thought I did....I was wrong. This has changed the way I look at eating and I feel like a small expert after I finished the book.


    What does Mike Chamberlain bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Its not a easy ready but he does a A+ job at it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    NO, you need to take it in chunks..it made my head spin. So many numbers and facts.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is all about details. Its not for everyone. Look for his other book if you want a good quick and friendly overview on the subject.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Colbert, WA, United States 08-06-12
    Mark Colbert, WA, United States 08-06-12
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    "Very informative. I learned a lot about nutrition"
    Where does Good Calories, Bad Calories rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Close to the top I have listened to it twice.


    What other book might you compare Good Calories, Bad Calories to and why?

    The Zone and Rx Zone by Dr Berry Sears Both very good books


    Have you listened to any of Mike Chamberlain’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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

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    Any additional comments?

    Great book I highly recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph 05-07-15
    Joseph 05-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Comprehensive and Frusrating"

    Read well, but can feel textbookish at times. Eye opening and educational. Enough to kickstart any journey through diet literature. Also.. Fuck Ancel Keys.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Marble 04-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Changed my paradigm on nutrition"

    This book made me completely rethink the way I understand nutrition, weight loss, and health. As I listened every argument made sense. I have an extensive background in the biological and chemical sciences but still over the years managed to compartmentalize that with contemporary thought on nutrition. Because of my background in science and the review of scientific literature I was astounded at how blindly I had followed the "experts" on nutrition even though my knowledge of biochemistry and human biology didn't coincide with what was being taught. This book is dense with rigorous scientific support looked at in an unbiased.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Destiny Esposito Teeters 03-21-15
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    "A highly recommended audiobook!"

    As a person who values well delivered science and critical thinking on health matters, I found this book to be an excellent review of where we are at on the science of nutrition and weight maintenance. This book is at the opposite end of the spectrum from fad diets and confusing (and contradictory) information that is is the diet book world. I thoroughly enjoyed the subject matter and quality narration. Excellent work!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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