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Can You Drink Diet Soda on a Low-Carb Diet?

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Can you drink diet sodas on a low-carb diet? What if you can’t give it up – is that sugar addiction?

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Transcribed Conversation with Dr. David Ludwig and Gary Taubes

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Gary Taubes and Dr. David Ludwig

Dr. David Ludwig recently posted a filmed conversation with author and science writer Gary Taubes on his Facebook page – and now the transcribed version is available:

Heleo: Why Do We Get Fat? Science Writer Gary Taubes Blames Sugar. Here’s Why.

We have epidemics, and although we think we know why they’re happening, the fact that we failed completely to control them in any way suggests that our fundamental understanding is incorrect.
– Gary Taubes

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Kungfu Fighter, Hidden Sugar

I can’t think of a more needed superhero in modern times than a Kungfu fighter who’s fighting hidden sugar! A big thumbs up to the government in Singapore for making this hilarious and thoughtful ad.

Unfortunately it ends with the words “Eat in Moderation”, scoring a few points to the unrelenting Big Soda (BS) nutrition propaganda. But at least the focus is on sugar all the way up to there.

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“I Used to Blame Fat People. Now I Blame Obesity on Sugar Industry Propaganda”

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Is sugar behind many of the chronic diseases people suffer from today? Here are more good articles based on interviews with science journalist Gary Taubes, the author of the new book The Case Against Sugar.

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The Limits of Sugar Guidelines

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Do we know that added sugar is bad for us? Problems arise when the government offers too specific guidelines on what to eat, says Nina Teicholz, since they might be based on incomplete evidence.

The Atlantic: The Limits of Sugar Guidelines

It’s always good to question your own beliefs. As Gary Taubes makes clear in the beginning of his new book The Case Against Sugar: “I’m going to concede in advance a key point that those who defend the role of sugar in our diet will invariably make. … [I]t cannot be established definitively, with the science as it now stands, that sugar is uniquely harmful.”

With that said, the way I see it, excess sugar is very likely to be harmful and contribute to obesity and disease. Furthermore, there is zero need for added sugar in the diet. So why not try to avoid most of it, and experience the potential benefits?

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Nutritionists – The Secret Ally of Big Sugar

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Conventional nutritionists play into the hands of Big Sugar when they argue that the only thing that matters is how much we eat (and not what we eat) says Gary Taubes:

To the sugar industry, the nutritionists’ dogmatic belief that obesity is a calorie overconsumption problem and a calorie is a calorie has been the gift that keeps on giving. So long as nutrition and obesity authorities insist that this is true, then the sugar industry can rightfully defend its product on the basis that the calories from sugar are no better nor worse than those from steak or grapefruit or ice cream — perhaps even kale or quinoa. We can’t have it both ways.

– Gary Taubes

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NuSI, Kevin Hall and the Energy Balance Hypothesis – Q&A with Gary Taubes


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Why do we get fat – and what can we do about it? Conventional wisdom tells us that it’s all about eating less and running more. The problem is that this seldom works well.

Science journalist Gary Taubes has spent more than a decade on finding a better answer. His book Good Calories, Bad Calories (2007) became very influential and changed many people’s view on this. He’s now out with a new book called The Case Against Sugar. Here he answers questions related to obesity, sugar and low-carb diets.

In the highlight above Taubes talks about the highly controversial “Kevin Hall study“. A study that was funded by the non-profit NuSI, an organization that Taubes co-founded (transcript).

The full 20-minute video is available (with captions and transcript) with a free trial or membership:

Q&A with Gary Taubes

Start your free membership trial to get instant access to this and over 190 other low-carb TV videos. Plus Q&A with experts and our awesome new low-carb meal planner service, etc.

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Five Ways Sugar Could Kill You

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Sugar has many more bad sides to it than just making people gain weight. Here are five ways that it could kill you, based on an interview with science writer Gary Taubes.

A bit dramatic perhaps, as it could take quite some time until sugar kills anyone. Then again, the same is true of cigarettes.

New York Post: 5 Ways Sugar Could Kill You

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No More Bananas for Monkeys – Like Giving Them “Cake and Chocolate”

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Very soon there will be no more bananas served to the monkeys at Bristol Zoo and Paignton Zoo. Why? Because modern fruit is cultivated to contain too much sugar – and very few nutrients.

Modern fruit is said to be the equivalent of giving the monkeys “cake and chocolate”:

SomersetLive: Bristol Zoo and Paignton Zoo Ban Monkeys from Eating Bananas

Fruit is candy from nature…

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The Case for Eliminating All Sugar – Interview with Gary Taubes

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If you’re still not convinced that sugar is a health hazard, then you may want to read this great interview with science writer Gary Taubes:

Vox: The Case for Eliminating Sugar. All of It.

Taubes just recently released his book The Case Against Sugar, which you can order here if you’re interested in learning more.

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