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

Version: Unabridged
Author: Gary Taubes
Narrator: Mike Chamberlain
Genres: Health & Fitness, Diet & Nutrition
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: August 2011
# of Units: 20 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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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.

'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, Pulitzer Prize'winning author

Reviews (1)

Not Enough Useful Data and Too Long

Written by Anonymous from Sunnyvale, CA on July 22nd, 2014

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I really wanted to like this book, but the useful information provided for health and eating could be summed up in less than one CD. This book is mostly about proving that trends in health have been mostly based upon either cherry picked data or non-scientific information. While this case is well proven in the book, I kept wondering when information that I could use for my own personal health would be presented. In the end there were only a few pieces of information that i took away. First, if your cholesterol is between 160 and 240 you're fine. You don't need to take drugs. Second, carbohydrates are the cause of becoming overweight and obesity. The solution is a high protein/fat, low carb diet. They should have added high healthy protein and fats. And finally, high fructose corn syrup causes high triglycerides. If you got anything else out of this book, I'm open to hearing it. I didn't.

Author Details

Author Details

Taubes, Gary

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.