Good Calories, Bad Calories

  • by Gary Taubes
  • Narrated by Mike Chamberlain
  • 25 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

“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)

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Good, though tough to get through.

There really isn't a better resource out there for all the science that supports low carb way of life. The problem is that when you put all that science in to one book, that book becomes quite a task. It took me a few months to get through it in audio format, it probably would have taken a year to get through in hard copy.
That being said, it's still the best book to learn all you want to learn about overweight and health and micronutrients and how you can't trust the food pyramid in your decision making process in regards to your nutrition.
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- Nataliya

Bold Explanation of Real Dietary Advice

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It is a life-altering listen. The book is quite large, and this is the reason I decided to purchase the audio book. I would recommend this to a friend as it explains in detail about scientific nutritional information that affects not only the individual reading/listening but everyone on this planet.


What other book might you compare Good Calories, Bad Calories to and why?

Why We Get Fat is a condensed version of GCBC. However, GCBC expands on that information and gives even more credence to the carbohydrate hypothesis claim. It also expands on the notion that the diseases of civilization all stem from diet, specifically in direct causal relationship to dietary carbohydrate intake.


What does Mike Chamberlain bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His tone keeps the listener interested throughout. This is extremely tough to do when detailing scientific studies and nutritional science.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes. The fact that heart attacks, type II diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, gout, obesity and much more can be prevented solely by changing diet. The huge amount of evidence suggests the carbohydrate hypothesis is on the right track.Furthermore, other major unscientific claims are debunked:1)Cholesterol is a GOOD thing.2)Saturated fat is one of the most important nutrients you can ever ingest and should never be limited.3)Salt should not be limited.4)Exercise is not good for losing weight and can in fact have the opposite affect.5)Limiting food intake is not a good method for losing weight.Other interesting points the book makes:1)A lot of cause for infertility may be due to diet.2)Insulin resistance and future weight issues are determined in the womb.3)Nicotine affects fatty acid flow from the adipose tissue, which in essence is the hunger depressant associated with use. Once individuals quit smoking, they typically gain weight due to the re-regulation of fatty acid flow.4)A large portion of cancers are potentially due to diet alone. Therefore, they can be prevented. 5)It is hypothesized that rather than being a behavioral issue, anorexia and other eating disorders may be more biological than anything else.


Any additional comments?

A must read for everyone.

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- John

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-28-2011
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.