Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health

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Anchor Books, 2008 - Health & Fitness - 609 pages
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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This is one of only a handful of books that (will change your life) that you need to to know about food and health. This is not a diet book!!! I think most people who dont like this book, picked it up for the wrong reason. (no quick fix to YOUR problem) Need to diet? Change your understanding of food first by really reading this book, then you can change your bad habits based upon that! Its a tome, so be prepared for a big read. But worth the time. 

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To me, this book read like a novel, I loved it. Taubes spent his 7 years of research wisely by delving deeply into not just the complete history of dietary studies but the people and personalities behind the science, and more importantly the interpretation of the science with regard to what the majority of society and the medical profession has been indoctrinated to believe about food and its relationship to health. 

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Gary Taubes is a contributing correspondent for Science magazine and a contributing editor at Technology Review. He has written about science, medicine, and health for Science, Discover, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Fortune, Forbes, and GQ. His articles have appeared in The Best American Science Writing three times. He has won three Science-in-Society Journalism Awards given by the National Association of Science Writers--the only print journalist so recognized--as well as awards from the American Institute of Physics and the American Physical Society. His book Bad Science: The Short Life and Weird Times of Cold Fusion was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. He was educated at
Harvard, Stanford, and Columbia.

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