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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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important read

amazingly researched. challenges everything we believe and have taught about nutrition, obesity, weight loss, diabetes. an important read.

on a personal note: I recently went to my nephrologist and asked for a researched diet and food plan. I am not diabetic, but had renal iinsuffien c.f. from years of u undiagnosed high blood pressure. what did he say you ask? I don't have one or know one. go talk to a nutritionist....she told me to lighten up and stop working. guess what happened...my doctor was mad when I told him and my weight ballooned. and that is ervidenbced based medicine...bullshit it is. th an you Mr Tauber and others for actually giving me advice and ideas that will and have already helped. so grate ful.

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Best scientific review I have ever read

I have to say this is the best and most exhaustive scientific literature review I have ever read. You can't get thorough than this!

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Good but can be hard to listen to.

This has A LOT of great information. If you can get through it, definitely recommend it. I have listened to several books and this is definitely a hard book to listen to. It is very long... 20 hours and it is monotoned (IMO). I found myself drifting and missing what was being said. But I would still recommend this audible book over paper book. I don't know if I can get through the full regular book. Just take breaks if you need to.

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changed my life

I lost 30 lbs while reading this book and feel healthier. I am following a keto diet now and enjoying every minute. Thanks Gary Taubes!

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Life-changing book and author

I lost 70 pounds by following principles in this book. Read everything by Taubs, twice.

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I dare anyone to argue with these facts.

for every person that goes "show me the studies" there's one study after another after another

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A Seminal Work.

a must-read for those who want to know the facts. it changed everything for me.

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important book if you want to improve your health

This book was long but meticulously written.
The information on diet and how it affects cardio health, overall health and weight make shock you. It did me.
I am going to try the suggestions made in this book to see if I can shed some weight and improve my overall health. This author's followup books might be more practical to you if those are your only goals.
The science laid out in this book was interesting as well as the politics that apparently has played a large role in what the medical establishment has been recommending we eat for decades and decades.
My congratulations to the author for all the work he put into this book.

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Very technical and thorough

Author makes an unarguable case for what makes us fat using both historic and current research. It's a very technical book if that's what you want, very scientific. His next book WHAT MAKES US FAT is more for the layman.

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Life changing!

This book will completely change the way you think about diet, nutrition, health, and obesity. It should be mandatory reading in medical and nutritional education.