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.
“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)
It was. It helped me understand the facts.
In this book, Gary Taubes did exactly what supposedly evil scientists in his book did. When he presented 9 studies that showed high fat diet is bad, he put every aspect of those studies under scrutiny and dismissed every evidence. However, when he presented 1 study that showed high fat diet may not be that bad, he didn't question the study at all, accepted all the claims, and twisted the results to "high-fat diet is good". There are several reasons why there will never be an unquestionable study that shows one kind of diet is better than the other, so I am not saying what Gary Taubes is defending is right or wrong. However, this book definitely isn't a scientific proof of his dietary advice. Mr. Taubes claims that the scientists had already decided that high fat diet is bad, and interpreted their data with bias to support their hypothesis, and they dismissed the data that didn't support their hypothesis. He does the exact same thing in this book. He has already decided that high fat diet is good, and he dismisses every study that contradicts with his ideas, and he accepts every study that supports his ideas. He should have titled the book good scientists bad scientists, because according to Mr. Taubes, every scientist claiming high-fat diet is bad is a bad scientist, and every scientist claiming high-fat diet is good is a good scientist.
I might read the text version.
It has great information about history of diet science, and even more importantly, insight to how dietary recommendations have been wrong.
I thought this book didn't translate as well for audio format than other books due to how numerous quotes from various scientists would sometimes come across as the voice of the author (until the sometimes long quote was finished and then you hear the who said/wrote the cited text). I felt the narrator could have done a lot to improve this issue by affecting his voice more when reading cited/quoted passages. The narrator otherwise was clear and pleasant. There were also audio 'glitches' (random audio artifacts) throughout, but they were only slightly distracting.
I have listened to it multiple times. This book is so dense with detail and exquisitely done research that I pick up new details every time I listen.
Why We Get Fat by same author -- that one is shorter and more direct, more geared toward a lay audience. Both are great.
Hm... nonfiction research books don't really have "scenes" but a recurring theme that hits you hard is: researchers are totally biased; and by the way, there's really not been a lot of stringent research. Oh, and also -- a few of the biggest, most highly-respected, "Leading Lights" of obesity research never actually worked with a single obese patient to help them reduce. Therefore, we've got this whole "it's your fault -- you lack moral character" mentality that "everyone" agrees with.
No, not possible. Too much data; you've got to chip away at this to let it sink in.
I'd love to see this or Why We get Fat in the hands (ears) of every personal trainer, dietitian, and any other medical or psychological professional whose knee-jerk response is "you must be a glutton and/or a sloth, there is no other reason you are obese."
It's not true. The facts bear this out.
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.
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.
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.
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.
there is a weird, LOUD kreeeeechk sound here and there that will burst your ear drum if you are wearing headphones.
I could not get through the first few chapters of this book. I guess I expected this book to read something like Dr. Oz's 'YOU on a diet", but that was not the case. This book was written by a journalist whose specialty is reviewing evidence of scientific hypothesis. In the few chapter I managed to get through, he goes on and on about the history of dieting.
Not for me.
If I were a doctor or a scientist, the way that the material was presented may have held my interest.
Not sure, he did the best he could with an extremely boring book
I know this wasn't a work or fiction so I wasn't expecting a thriller, & I have read several similar books which were quite good and interesting but this was incredibly boring and was more suited to a medical journal than something that people listen to on an audiobook.
I've listened for hours and still not sure what this author is trying to get across
Covers a lot of research but not sure what the point is
Bad science, tedious, author loves to hear himself talk, pseudo-science. Not only was the entire book hard to wade through, it was redundant, and full of "factoids" the author picked to support his misguided and poorly researched diatribe
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