Marija, January 28, 2011 (view all comments by Marija)
This book is amazing. I wish I'd read it ten years ago. I have been so confused about why we are all so unhealthy and Taubes book gives an insightful analysis of the history of nutrition research and politics, and then explains the science behind how fat and carbohydrates are metabolized by our bodies. I recommend this book especially to anyone struggling with obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer -- or anyone worried about getting those diseases which actually... is pretty much everyone.
Heidi Yorkshire, October 28, 2009 (view all comments by Heidi Yorkshire)
This is an astonishing book that turns everything we supposedly "know" about nutrition, fat and disease on its head. Cholesterol causes heart disease? (Uh, no.) Salt raises your blood pressure? (Not significantly.) Obesity is caused by eating too much and being sedentary? (Not at all.) Finally, a writer with the science cred to nail it has looked at the actual research -- not the wishful thinking, ego trips and bad leaps of generations of physicians and scientists -- and tells us what is really going on with the food we eat and the "Western diseases" like cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's. Don't eat another mouthful before you read this.
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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.
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