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Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health | [Gary Taubes]

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

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.
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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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    Arthur MEMPHIS, TN, United States 08-06-12
    Arthur MEMPHIS, TN, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Glad this book was on audio"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Good Calories, Bad Calories to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because it is very long and I doubt I would have finished it if I was reading it.


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

    I don't know of anther book that gives an exhaustive study of diet research.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    n.a.


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

    May me change the way I eat.


    Any additional comments?

    A must listen for anyone with weight problems who thinks the way to lose way is to cut calories.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda BERKELEY, CA, United States 07-10-13
    Amanda BERKELEY, CA, United States 07-10-13
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    "Excellent scientific journalism"
    What made the experience of listening to Good Calories, Bad Calories the most enjoyable?

    Gary Taubes opens up a controversial subject, but backs up his arguments with extraordinarily interesting research.


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

    I have not read another book like it... the closest I can think of is Jonathan Bailor's "Smarter Science of Slim".


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The experiment where Steffanson (sp?) eats only meat for a year, while all of his labs and bodily functions are analyzed.


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

    It inspired me to try out the low carb lifestyle, which has resulted in the best blood glucose control of my life (I have type 1 diabetes).


    Any additional comments?

    Even if you don't agree or have any interest in low carb diets, this book is absolutely fascinating. I'm usually quite skeptical of fad diets and the like, but Taubes focuses predominantly on peer-reviewed, well-planned research studies. He also interviews numerous people with various science backgrounds to form an extremely persuasive argument.

    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 Member Since 2013
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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?

    No


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Great book I highly recommend it.

    2 of 2 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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    sarah smiley 05-30-14
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    "Interesting, but reader is poor"
    What didn’t you like about Mike Chamberlain’s performance?

    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.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Onalee BROOKSVILLE, FL, United States 10-09-13
    Onalee BROOKSVILLE, FL, United States 10-09-13 Member Since 2015

    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!

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    "A 'MUST READ' for everyone!!! Informative expose!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Good Calories, Bad Calories to be better than the print version?

    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.


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

    Realizing that our government has been, and continues to, lead us in the wrong direction regarding our health.


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

    Much too long and too much to digest for 'one sitting'.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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