Here’s another chapter from Gary Taubes’ newly released book The Case Against Sugar. Is it possible that sugar is the world’s most popular drug? Keep reading to find out:
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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 – including mine. And Taubes has just released a new fascinating book on the topic – The Case Against Sugar.
In this talk Taubes discusses his controversial theories and the criticism. Why do we get fat?
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Is it fair to compare the effects of cigarette smoking with consuming sugar? If you’re not yet convinced that this is the case, you might want to take a look at science writer Gary Taubes’ newly released book The Case Against Sugar:
- The Guardian: The Case Against Sugar Review – An Unsweetened Attack on Diet Myths
- The New York Times: What Not to Eat: ‘The Case Against Sugar’
- The Wall Street Journal: Sugar: A Matter of Life and Death
You can pick up a copy of the book here:
Science-writer Gary Taubes, arguably one of the greatest modern influencers in the obesity debate, is releasing his new book The Case Against Sugar today. And now you have the chance to get an early sneak peek into it:
Is it possible that it is sugar – not the fat or “excessive” calories – in our diets that is the culprit in most modern disease?
Science writer Gary Taubes, whose book on the topic is being released on December 27th, argues that that is the case. Here are two new interesting articles about it:
Gary Taubes, one of the true pioneers of LCHF and best-selling author of Good Calories, Bad Calories, was publically ridiculed in 2002 for writing that obesity isn’t about a caloric imbalance, and that fat is not dangerous.
Fourteen years later, Taubes is still somewhat of a heretic. However, slowly but surely, at least some of his ideas are entering the mainstream. Has Taubes even become vindicated? Here’s a new and interesting article on the topic by the man himself, about his experiences:
To insist that obesity is caused by consuming too many calories is as inane as it would be to say that poverty, for instance, is caused by earning too little money. It confuses a description with an explanation and is [a] profoundly inexcusable error.
– Gary Taubes
Kevin Hall, the senior NIH researcher recently published a paper in AJCN that has received a lot of media attention. He claims this study refutes the insulin hypothesis so completely that it is now ‘dead.’ That’s interesting, I thought, as I sat down to read the article.
It was therefore a little surprising to read this paper and realize that Hall’s conclusions were entirely his own opinion. He suffers so badly from confirmation bias that he may as well have written “My mind is already made up regarding the insulin hypothesis. Please do not confuse me with facts”.
Confirmation bias is a well-known psychological phenomenon whereby facts that agree with your pre-formed opinion are accepted as true and those that are not are ignored. All facts become filtered through this bias to confirm your previously held opinion. It’s also known as a closed mind.
So, let’s take a closer look at this paper and its claims. Continue Reading →
Gary Taubes gave a commencement address last year, that’s now available online. It’s about the balancing act between searching for the truth, being skeptical and at the same time believing in yourself.
It’s how science is done right, but it’s more than that. It’s also about life, and everything that is important to you, and how to get it right. I liked it a lot:
Why do we get fat? And why is conventional dieting such a dismal failure?
Gary Taubes bets he has the answer in this op-ed. Do you want to bet against him?
Gary Taubes is one of the true pioneers of the low-carb movement of the last two decades. His major articles in Science (2001) and The New York Times (2002), followed by the trailblazing book Good Calories, Bad Calories (2007) were hugely influential. After that he’s written a more consumer-friendly and shorter book called Why We Get Fat (2011).
If it was not for these writings this website might not exist, and I could be doing something entirely different and altogether less interesting.
Finally Taubes is now done with his next book, to be published at the end of December this year. Here it is: