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Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes
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Apr 11, 2012

it was amazing
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If you have any interest in the history of modern nutritional recommendations or are bothered by the continual contradictions of those same recommendations, this is a book you need to read. Gary Taubes is a science journalist and he's done some serious digging into the background of the numerous studies and papers that have proffered a nutritional orthodoxy on the basis of 'reasonable conjectures' that continue to run counter to actual evidence.

•Does eating fat make you fat?
•Does exercise make you slim and trim?
•Does a modern diet contain more meat than it used to and does this cause problems?
•How is it that obese people typically eat less but weigh more than skinny people?
•Do old diets give rise to new diseases?
•What is the dietary epicenter of the rise in diseases like coronary heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, type two adult onset diabetes, cancer, and other diseases associated with Western culture?

If these questions interest you, you will find this book interesting. But you may not like the answers. If these questions never bothered you as much as your weight or other health problems you might find this book to be a sensible reprieve from all the other diet advice that never delivers on their promises.
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Lins Your description reminds me of In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan. He references some of Gary Taubes research in the book, too.

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