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)
Substance over Fluff
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The narrater was exceptional as was the research and epilogue.
I am looking forward to more conclusions and education of healthy food/calories
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