- Paperback: 640 pages
- Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (Sept. 23 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400033462
- ISBN-13: 978-1400033461
- Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 3.4 x 23.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 862 g
- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health Paperback – Sep 23 2008
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“A vitally important book, destined to change the way we think about food.” —Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food“Gary Taubes is a brave and bold science journalist who does not accept conventional wisdom.” —The New York Times“A very important book.” —Dr. Andrew Weil “Brilliant and enlightening. . . . Taubes is a relentless researcher.” —The Washington Post“Easily the most important book on diet and health to be published in the past one hundred years. It is clear, fast-paced and exciting to read, rigorous, authoritative, and a beacon of hope for all those who struggle with problems of weight regulation and general health.” —Richard Rhodes“A watershed. . . . Lucid and lively. . . . It could literally change the way you eat, the way you look and how long you live.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune“Taubes tackles the subject with the seriousness and scientific insight it deserves, building a devastating case against the low-fat, high-carb way of life endorsed by so many nutrition experts in recent years.” —Barbara Ehrenreich
About the Author
GARY TAUBES is cofounder and senior scientific advisor of the Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI). He's an award-winning science and health journalist, the author of Why We Get Fat and Good Calories, Bad Calories, and a former staff writer for Discover and correspondent for the journal Science. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and Esquire, and has been included in numerous Best of anthologies, including The Best of the Best American Science Writing (2010). He has received three Science in Society Journalism Awards from the National Association of Science Writers. He is also the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research. He lives in Oakland, California.See all Product description
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Crucial reading for those of us who cannot otherwise know of the misguided, often corrupt (* see Note below) and potentially harmful to the public's health & welfare inner workings, motivations and practices of the big "authorities". Yes, it is not an easy read, but neither is the topic/subject matter. For those who cannot appreciate the importance of this book and have trouble reading it, another reviewer has suggested Gary Taubes' other book "Why We Get Fat" instead. Read neither at your peril.
Thank you Mr. Taubes! Your volume is the embodiment of investigative journalism at its absolute best!
* Note: Example just from the latest news - "Half the experts pushing statins for millions more patients have cash links to drug firms", Daily Mail, June 12, 2014.
No "expert" can truly call themselves expert in nutrition without reading this book, regardless of the fancy credentials and letters besides their names they may have.
Even for the laymen, reading and comprehending this book will give you enough knowledge to teach a nutrition 101 course in college/university, based solely on it. That's how informative it is. Also you get to use fancy terms like "disease of civilization", whilst actually protecting yourself from said diseases.
After you read this, keep it close for reference & check out the paleosphere; online blogs about the paleo diet/evolution-based nutrition
This book mostly focuses on obesity (and cholesterol and heart disease in the first 4 chapters) but some chapters like ch.5 & 13 more generally talk about all the modern Diseases of Civilization.
It is because of this I recommend people get this instead of Taubes' other work, Why We Get Fat.
People till curious should also get Nick Lane's Sex Power Suicide, Mark Sisson's Primal Blueprint 21-day book, Weston Price's free book, Nutrition & Physical Degeneration, and finally checkout all the blogs dedicated to the paleo lifestyle.
Pictured below: The Notes and Bibliography section of this book is extensive, as you can see by the sheer number of pages these sections take up.
I re-read sections of it all the time.
I read many books but Gary Taubes books are excellent and it's not like the other loose weight quick approaches. it just common sense approach on getting healthy and eating right.
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