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By now, the low-carb diet's refrain is a familiar one: "Bread is bad for you. Fat doesn't matter. Carbs are the real reason you can't lose weight."

The low-carb universe Dr. Atkins brought into being continues to expand. Low-carb diets, from South Beach to The Zone and beyond, are still the go-to method for weight loss for millions. These diets' marketing may differ, but they all share two crucial components: the condemnation of "carbs" and an emphasis on meat and fat for calories. Even the latest diet trend, the Paleo diet, is - despite its increased focus on some wholefoods - just another variation on the same carbohydrate fears.

In The Low-Carb Fraud, longtime leader in the nutritional science field T. Colin Campbell outlines where and how the low-carb proponents get it wrong: Where the belief came from that carbohydrates are bad and why it persists despite all the evidence to the contrary. The foods we misleadingly refer to as "carbs" aren't all created equal, and treating them that way has major consequences for our nutritional well-being.

If you're considering a low-carb diet, read this book first. It will change the way you think about what you eat - and how you should be eating to lose weight and optimize your health, now and for the long term.

©2014 T. Colin Campbell (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Clear audio, great voice, wonderful book

I love the work of Dr T Colin Campbell, and this book is no exception. I wish it was narrated by him, however I really enjoy listening to Don Hagen. :)

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Book focused on the research of others

Terrible narrator - very boring. Want my money back. Don't Bother reading. not very current

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Eye opener!

This is a good read and an eye opener. I see the need to learn much more. I recommend this book to anyone who wants or needs better health.

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Careful when using the word fraud . . .

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Be careful when you see the word Fraud. I am a physician, and suggest the interested reader listen to both sides of this question. This PhD author seems somewhat jealous of his peer group, and even perpetuates the myth (from the "vegetarians") that Dr. Atkins died from low-carb diet consequences. (Dr. Atkins was 6 ft., 195 lbs when he suffered from a head injury. He died bloated, with organ failure, in a coma.) This author also clings to the "cholesterol is the problem", soon to be arcane. There is valuable information here, but only if tempered with some outside information. (Fat comes from carbs, not from fat.)

Would you ever listen to anything by T. Colin Campbell again?

Yes

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

NO

Any additional comments?

Every decade, we learn the new truth. I suspect we are not finished yet. iDoc

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Colin Campbell has made a fool of himself.

What did you like best about The Low-Carb Fraud? What did you like least?

He is promoting his whole food diet, which may be a good idea, but completely misrepresents what low carb is really about in ways that are so superficial and obvious, he really should be embarrassed.

What could T. Colin Campbell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

He could have been more upfront in his desire for people to eat whole foods rather than trying to disprove low carb with paper thin arguments.

Could you see The Low-Carb Fraud being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

If he knew what was good for his reputation, he would remove this book from publication and focus on his mission of promoting whole food diet.

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Trying to come across as an expert by misrepresenting other perspectives and then using your own propaganda to spread lies is just poor. <br/><br/>This book may fool some who are unable to actually hear what he is saying, but if you actually listen to what he says about low carb and know anything about the reality of how it works, Colin Campbell becomes more like a used car salesman stretching the truth, and sowing lies to hopefully guide people away from a way of living that may be the best option for them. <br/><br/>I agree his message of eating a whole food diet may be a positive option for many, but the way he tries to discredit low carb is so obviously filled with blatant disregard for the truth of what low carb eating is, either he has done absolutely no true research or is just floundering and figured deceit was justified to save his concept of low fat, whole food vegetarian diet.<br/><br/>I honestly feel sorry for him at this point.

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good information

another great book by Dr Campbell. easy read. enjoyed it. a good book to read if you are thinking about going plant based or just want to improve your health

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  • alan
  • SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, United States
  • 06-22-14

I guess this book really changed my mind

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Mostly because I was unaware of the biases I had formed in the presence of all the noise that's out there. I'm glad there are people paying attention to what the general public is perceiving and trying to correct it. I think awareness is the best outcome of the book, and not really a change in diet or opinion.

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  • Carl
  • Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 08-01-15

The low-carb diet threatens our health and our planet we must put it into this nonsense

I recently watched a documentary that shows that 51% of global greenhouse gas emissions aredue to the animal agriculture business only 13% is from transportation the shocking truth of the matter is that not only is a low-carb diet devastating for our planet it is also devastating for a Health long term.

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Great short listen on why all carbs are not evil

This was a real short book. It discusses the authors perspective on good carbs and the not so good carbs. Backed by his meticulous research as always.

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So true! Eye opening!

Eye Opening! It really works! Is all I can say. Way too many testimonials out there in the reviews to evidence that! Wake up people!

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  • Mike Grice
  • 03-06-17

Unsubstantiated claims and badly quoted research.

What would have made The Low-Carb Fraud better?

Evidence supported assumptions and statements. This author expect us to believe him without providing any evidence to back it up. When evidence is provided he mis quotes research or mis-represents the research.

Would you ever listen to anything by T. Colin Campbell again?

No. I find his book condescending and lacking the evidence to support his claims. He has mis represented the low carb movement and misses out key aspects of the studies over thte years. He is perpetuating the myth of High carb, low fat diet that is causing the obesity crisis.

Did Don Hagen do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Not relevant on this book

What character would you cut from The Low-Carb Fraud?

The author.

Any additional comments?

Do not buy this book. It is not objective, balanced or based on sound or well supported evidence.

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  • Leo&#39;sMa
  • 10-11-16

Interesting and factual

This is an interesting and factual book, it was well read and I like the fact that Colin Campbell has no agenda apart from helping the planet become healthy individuals! Thank you.

It's a quick book especially after reading both the China study and Whole; both great books!

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  • Don
  • 03-11-15

Thought food for everyone!

Everyone should read/listen to this book. Your future health depends on what you can learn here.
Awesome information ! Wow!

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  • Jason
  • 10-08-16

My diet is better than yours!

What would have made The Low-Carb Fraud better?

I was expecting some cogent discussion on the pitfalls of low-carb diets (which the book does contain in small parts).<br/><br/>However, the book primarily focuses on Campbell's insecurities and displeasure with the low-carb diet which runs counter to the principles in "The China Study" (of which he is the author) and his advocacy of the Whole Foods Plant Based (WFPB) diet.<br/><br/>Basically, the book is mostly just him saying, "My diet is better than yours!"

What could T. Colin Campbell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Less complaining and expressions of discontent and more rational discussion on the alleged drawbacks of low-carb diets.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator was fine, if a little monotone in his narration.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Low-Carb Fraud?

Campbell's childish, obviously unhappy and insecure tone which unfortunately makes up a significant proportion of the book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful