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

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24 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

This book changed my life

I never buy diet books but one day last fall I was in my favorite Barnes and Noble browsing magazines when I saw this book on the cover of either Time or Newsweek. The odds are better than 50/50 that a magazine I take off the shelf will end up in my basket. That one di...
I never buy diet books but one day last fall I was in my favorite Barnes and Noble browsing magazines when I saw this book on the cover of either Time or Newsweek. The odds are better than 50/50 that a magazine I take off the shelf will end up in my basket. That one didn't. In less than a minute, it was back on the shelf and I was roaming the store for this book. The odds are much lower that a book I take off the shelf will get to my basket. This one did.

I had thought that low carb was a just a fad--another way for writers to make money from desperate dieters. This book convinced me that I was wrong. Mr. Taubes carefully explains why low carb works and why other diets don't.

Beware! The is not an easy book to read--there is a lot of detail and it is dry. However, it is well researched and proves its thesis that low carb diets are healthy while low fat diets are not.

This is not a diet book. There are no rules, schedules or recipes. It is a history of the science of nutrition and diets. Step by step, it talks about the conflict between the 2 competing ideas of low carb versus low fat, and how low fat became popular even though science does not back it up. You learn not only about diets, but also about how science should work and why it often fails.

After starting to read this book, my husband and I went low carb and it is working well for us. His battle with type 2 diabetes is going better. We're losing weight. Blood work is better. All the measurable signs of health of better.

I'm the type of person who doesn't like blind rules. I want to know why and this book clearly gives that info. I know why we need to eat low carb forever, something that makes it much easier to do.

posted by 969065 on February 10, 2009

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3 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

The premise is a sham

In full disclosure: I was skeptical going into this book. It was worse than I thought it would be. Here's why: Gary Taubes kicked the Atkins craze off several years ago with an article that's almost identical to this book in the NY Times magazine. At the time, the a...
In full disclosure: I was skeptical going into this book. It was worse than I thought it would be. Here's why: Gary Taubes kicked the Atkins craze off several years ago with an article that's almost identical to this book in the NY Times magazine. At the time, the article was thoroughly debunked by all sorts of people with real scientific/nutrition credibility. It's really worth reading Sally Squires article 'Experts Declare Story Low on Saturated Facts' (just Google search the title) which goes through point by point all the real science that proves Taubes utterly wrong. But the refutations were drowned out for two reasons: 1) people love it when someone tells them they can eat foods that are bad for them (bacon, lots of chicken, etc) and 2) it makes an intriguing story (even if it's wrong) when you say that all the scientists who study nutrition seriously are confused and wrong and claim to be the renegade/savior 'who knows the truth'. The evidence is overwhelming that saturated fat is bad for you. The evidence is overwhelming that a plant-based diet (instead of a meaty/fat-based one that Taubes recommends) is the best action one can take to reduce one's risk of heart disease, many types of cancer, etc. There's no room here to list all of the scientific studies that shred Taubes' claims, but before you start acting on his potentially dangerous diet suggestions, I'd urge you to research it well for yourself and read some opposing opinions, like Squires' article.

posted by Anonymous on November 30, 2007

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2007

    The premise is a sham

    In full disclosure: I was skeptical going into this book. It was worse than I thought it would be. Here's why: Gary Taubes kicked the Atkins craze off several years ago with an article that's almost identical to this book in the NY Times magazine. At the time, the article was thoroughly debunked by all sorts of people with real scientific/nutrition credibility. It's really worth reading Sally Squires article 'Experts Declare Story Low on Saturated Facts' (just Google search the title) which goes through point by point all the real science that proves Taubes utterly wrong. But the refutations were drowned out for two reasons: 1) people love it when someone tells them they can eat foods that are bad for them (bacon, lots of chicken, etc) and 2) it makes an intriguing story (even if it's wrong) when you say that all the scientists who study nutrition seriously are confused and wrong and claim to be the renegade/savior 'who knows the truth'. The evidence is overwhelming that saturated fat is bad for you. The evidence is overwhelming that a plant-based diet (instead of a meaty/fat-based one that Taubes recommends) is the best action one can take to reduce one's risk of heart disease, many types of cancer, etc. There's no room here to list all of the scientific studies that shred Taubes' claims, but before you start acting on his potentially dangerous diet suggestions, I'd urge you to research it well for yourself and read some opposing opinions, like Squires' article.

    3 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

    Completely worthless! Just another "Over Weight Person" Rip Off!

    I fought my way through about half of this book and couldn't make it any further.

    The entire book, from the Prologue to end isn't written by anybody because it's nothing more than a collection of short stories about medical research from as early as 1813 to 1970. These short stories aren't written by anyone, they are just pasted into the book in their original form.

    I never once saw anything about any "Good Calorie / Bad Calorie". There was no part of the book that was written by any Doctor because it's just a collection of ancient medical mother goose bedtime stories.

    I did find one paragraph that noted that animals that are carnivorous meat eaters are never fat and that animals that are vegetarians are fat (Hippopotamus, Elephant). I'm so thankful they pointed that out, maybe the Serengeti Plane would be a good place to loose some weight.

    If you really want this book, you can have mine for free.

    2 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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