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Publisher Description

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.

Called “a very important book,” by Andrew Weil and …” destined to change the way we think about food,” by Michael Pollan,  this groundbreaking book by award-winning science writer Gary Taubes shows us that almost everything we believe about the nature of a healthy diet is wrong. 

GENRE
Health, Mind & Body
RELEASED
2007
September 25
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
640
Pages
PUBLISHER
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
4.1
MB

Customer Reviews

EinRand ,

The death knell to vegetarianism.

Those in positions of power who feel they know better than the common rabble have ignored vast tombs of data reaching back decades if not a century due to WWII. The science done by nutritionists turns out to be as bad as that cited by macroeconomists. Millions of Americans have died from 'diseases of western civilization', and millions more are currently suffering from metabolic syndrome. A calorie from a carbohydrate affects the human body's metabolism (fat storage or usage) differently from a gram of fat or protein. Fat storage is to a large extent hormonally (insulin) driven. This social engineering (the governments food pyramid), has resulted in the early death of millions, to say nothing of the painful slow death of millions more sipping sugar water daily. Had we as children shunned sugar, we as adults may very well have been able to eat potatoes without turning into them.

Read this book and you will never look at a loaf of bread or a government committee the same way. So well researched, his index of references in GCBC are thicker than some books.

Mr. Taubes should be given the Nobel Prize not for discovering something new under the Sun, but for most prolifically exposing that which has so expertly been obfuscated over a century by those suffering from 'cognitive dissonance'? If you've ever struggled with weight, reading this book will make your blood boil because those in a position to know better willfully turned a blind eye and condemned you for sloth and gluttony.

WARNING:
This book is not recommended for non Libertarians. If your sipping sugar water, avoiding sunshine, and voting red team or blue, don't come within one-hundred feet of a copy of GCBC, your head will explode.

LuisDa12 ,

Very dense

It has a lot of useful information to give. Nevertheless, it seems like the information is so dense and long and repetitive that it sometimes is hard to read and move along

soccerqueen13 ,

Energy

This book can save your life. Fantastic review of the science on energy, nutrition and health by a top science reporter. Talking to elite marathoners, I find the winners live this way. My overweight patients are finally improving with the information I reviewed with this book. As an MD/PhD it was disheartening to realize the conventional nutrition information I was taught was so poorly founded in fact. A brief synopsis of this is on the NY Times titled "Is Sugar Toxic"

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