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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.

Critic Reviews

“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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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.

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  • steve
  • kearny, NJ, United States
  • 09-28-12

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.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 05-21-16

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.

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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.

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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.

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Taubes will go down as the Galileo of nutrition

Would you listen to Good Calories, Bad Calories again? Why?

I HAVE listened to it again. It is absolutely essential for anyone interested in the history of nutrition and where things went wrong. Nobody living or dead knows more about this history than Taubes, and he presents it all in compelling detail.

What did you like best about this story?

Taubes is analytical and logical, presenting his case with loads of scientific evidence to back his claims. And he not only tells us where we went wrong, but why we went wrong, putting the bad science of the past 50+ years in full historical context.

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

It would be impossible, too long and detailed. But worth it.

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deep and very rich

This book is quite impressive, going from the political and scientific origins of current diet paradigms to some detailed explanations of how and why they work (or are supposed to work). There is a lot to say about this, i simply recommend anyone in quest of the ideal diet, to read it once or even twice, and make his/her own mind

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Amazing!

This is absolutely a must read for anyone in the fitness and nutrition industry. It is life changing and should be taught in schools.

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Brilliant!

This was a wonderful book - detailed, well-written, and thoroughly researched. I'm glad I listened to it. The narrator did a great job reading the book. He confidently presented a fascinating history of the science of calories, diet, and health.

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Motivation.

This book is a great listen. There is much information and I recommend rewinding so to say and re-listening to many parts as they might reinforce the message.

I have seen, along with myself, the population becoming more obese. Gary has researched all the data and made it clear that the government got it wrong again. Not high carbs low fat but no or low carb is the answer.

I found that listening motivates me to stick with the low carb lifestyle. It works for me and it will work for you.

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Very in depth look at nutrition

There is a lot going on in nutrition and this book covers some of the misconceptions, as well as, some of the good news. A second read will be needed to further understand the whole story.