Good Calories, Bad Calories

Good Calories, Bad Calories

Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Diet, Weight Control, and Disease

eBook - 2007
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Not another diet book: After seven years of research in every science connected with the impact of nutrition on health, science writer Taubes shows that almost everything we believe about a healthy diet is wrong. We are taught that fat is bad for us, carbohydrates better, and that the key to a healthy weight is eating less and exercising more--yet we see unprecedented epidemics of obesity and diabetes. Taubes argues persuasively that the problem lies in refined carbohydrates, via their dramatic effect on insulin, and that the key to good health is the kind of calories we take in, not the number. He also argues that there is no compelling scientific evidence that saturated fat and cholesterol cause heart disease. Based on the evidence, he concludes that the only healthy way to remain lean is to eat fewer carbohydrates or to change the type of carbohydrates we eat.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307267948
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxv, 601 p.)


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Sep 07, 2018

This book offers a very thorough examination of the science and politics of nutrition in the past century. It has a lot of detail, some of which was difficult for me to follow, even with a college-level background in science. The information makes a lot of sense and offers scientific explanations for why low carbohydrate diets seem to work. I learned a ton! Highly recommend, but probably more-so for those with a science background and strong interest.

Feb 25, 2018

There is a lot of writing about the history of food and nutrients. That was pretty good. However, the author draws some erroneous conclusions. Like, hunter/gatherers would kill the biggest and fattest animals and feast. If you think about animals that hunt prey, they get the smallest, slowest, oldest and sickest. Primitive man would be no different. He touts the benefits of a heavy animal product diet, sighting things like the Atkin's diet. Atkin's diet of a heart attack. Just because a person looses weight, doesn't mean they are healthy. The only way to reverse heart disease is with a plant based diet. Dr. Dean Ornish proved this more than 2 decades ago. The book does mention people/cultures that eat a heavy animal product diet and seem to do well. Gary Taubes does not mention well know plant based people who not only are fit but have lower rates of disease and live longer (commonly know as the Blue Zones). A good book with lots of information about the hazards of too much protein is Proteinaholics. It is based entirely on science and written by a Dr. Garth Davis. If you want to learn the history of diet/nutritional thinking then there is a lot of info. in Good Calories.Bad Calories. If you want to loose weight and be healthy, do not listen the what this book says. You would do better to go to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine's web sight and read the science behind a healthier lifestyle.

Jul 02, 2016

This book should by read by everybody who has an interest in nutrition and health. It is not an easy read, but definitely worth it.

LRS1969 Jul 23, 2015

Excellent book, very extensive and detailed.

A better book for laymen would be his "leaner" version of this called "Why We Get Fat, And What To Do About It".

For those who complain about its detail and extensiveness and lack of specific solutions and recommendations, then the author's "Why We Get Fat" is for you (AND should be read as a companion to this book in any case).

I can only imagine that Nay Sayers are firmly entrenched in the Low Fat and Saturated-Fat-Is-Evil dogma that we were lied to about for many decades (at least five... during which hydrogenated and partially plant oils were HEALTH foods supposedly - the same fats that are now known as Trans Fatty Acids and according to the FDA - now - are deadly and they recommend ZERO GRAMS daily consumption).

The Low Carb High Fat Diet (LCHF) lifestyle is NOT just for overweight people, but for almost everyone. It is much healthier, is a step deeply into the diet that we evolved to eat, and can just as readily be used for those desiring to gain lean muscle mass.

JMP7 Aug 01, 2014

This book is an extensive review of the information on high carb and low carb diets. It is long but interesting. I can't believe that despite over 100 years of research that showed the benefits of low carb diets, a few people were able to swing public opinion toward high carb, low fat diets in the 1970's, and Americans have been gaining weight ever since.

May 28, 2013

Fascinating. If you're curious about science, public policy, and nutrition, and can handle some basic college-level biology, take a look at this book before you make up your mind about the causes of the obesity epidemic.

Feb 12, 2013

This book changed my life! Taubes examines the science and shows how so much of what we've been taught about nutrition, like the food pyramid, is false. What's the best way to lose weight, sleep better and have more energy? Stop eating grains and sugar. It's really that simple, and Taubes presents the evidence to back it up.

Feb 09, 2013

khmullen is correct. That is why Taubes has published "Why We Get Fat" I highly recommend that book for the crux of the argument.

Kobetsky Mar 26, 2012

Copyright 2007, a modern book saturated with ancient history.
Useless and impossible to read.
No conclusions, no recommendations, and no solution offered.
Don't bother looking at it.
26 March 2012

Feb 06, 2012

This is a book with a lot of potential but way too much information unless you are a scientist or nutrition scholar. I think he would have reached a much greater audience with a slimmer volume.

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