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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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    Rikhard Espoo, Finland 11-19-12
    Rikhard Espoo, Finland 11-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Intrerresting but exhausting"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 09-28-12
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 09-28-12 Member Since 2010

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "Good book bad book"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mike Chamberlain’s performances?

    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.


    Could you see Good Calories, Bad Calories being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes as a documentary


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    B. Bowman Texas 08-08-12
    B. Bowman Texas 08-08-12 Member Since 2006

    Substance over Fluff

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    "Very insightful, life-changing"
    Would you listen to Good Calories, Bad Calories again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Saro Marcarian Tujunga (near LA), Ca USA 07-14-15
    Saro Marcarian Tujunga (near LA), Ca USA 07-14-15

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    "Interesting information, unprofessional audio"
    What made the experience of listening to Good Calories, Bad Calories the most enjoyable?

    Enjoyment is not the point. Information is the point - and this book is certainly interesting and casts an interesting light on how we are where we are nutritionally speaking.


    How could the performance have been better?

    There are digital artifacts all over the place. There are also a couple of mic bumps. I feel like this was amateur hour in the sound booth - or at least behind the board.

    Additionally, it's not always clear when something is a quote and when it's the author's own words.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not be deterred by my negative comments about the production quality. It doesn't meaningfully detract from the information presented.

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    Amazon Customer Mendota Heights, MN United States 07-08-15
    Amazon Customer Mendota Heights, MN United States 07-08-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Zzzzz"

    Too long and too scientific, was hoping for something more applicable. The scholarly writing was boring.

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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.

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    Christopher 04-21-15
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    "Packed full of info"

    At times, my attention struggled due to the overwhelming amount of raw data. This book however, is full of interesting and sometimes shocking ideas. Very well worth the read.

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    Healthy by Choice 03-07-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great read"

    This is a book with the many hours. Be sure to listen close for all the details. May go back for seconds.

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    Paul Anderson 02-27-15
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    "fascinating history of the obesity literature"

    Taubs does an excellent job pointing out the research that has been done and needs to be done in order to solve the equation of obesity. The audio book is very long and some chapters are tough to make it through but it is worth the listen. There is a strong argument for carbohydrates causing fat storage and hunger due to increased insulin release, however I wish he would has discussed the hormone amylin in this book. amylin is released from the same beta cells that release insulin when one ingests food and has a strong satiety effect.

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    IthacaNancy 01-07-15
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    "Clear, Comprehensive Look At Low Carb Vs Low Fat"

    I listened first to The Big Fat Surprise and then to this book. The first was written with a little more of a 'popular' tone, but both were interesting and, for me, convincing. While the final word may not have been written about the "ideal, healthy' diet, it sure looks like low fat/high carb eating strategies are not working for most of us. When one sees the misery and health problems that can go along with being obese, it seems criminal that the nutritional advisors continue to argue against eggs, meats and fats from pasture-raised animals.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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