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“An Almost Anti-Intellectual Explanation”


4.7 out of 5 stars5 stars84%4 stars8%3 stars4%2 stars0%1 star2%71 ratings2,898 viewsAre the current ideas about the cause of obesity and diabetes completely wrong? Is the fixation on eating less and moving more for weight loss an “almost anti-intellectual explanation”?

That’s what science journalist Gary Taubes says in my interview with him – watch a segment above (transcript). Taubes has been investigating the field of nutritional science for over a decade and has come to some pretty interesting conclusions. Could the scientists have it all wrong?

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Gary Taubes Responds to Critics Dismissing the Case Against Sugar

Is the hypothesis that sugar is the greatest factor contributing to obesity and type 2 diabetes too simplistic – and maybe even wrong?

Not surprisingly some of the usual critics of Gary Taubes and any work mentioning “insulin” – like Stephan Guyenet and Yoni Freedhoff – have critizised Taubes’ latest book The Case Against Sugar.

Here’s Taubes’ response to his critics, and it’s well worth reading:

Cato Unbound: The Case against Sugar Isn’t So Easily Dismissed

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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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“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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Conversation Between Dr. David Ludwig and Gary Taubes

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Gary Taubes and Dr. David Ludwig

Here’s a treat – Dr. David Ludwig has posted a conversation with Gary Taubes, author of Good Calories, Bad Calories and The Case Against Sugar, on his Facebook page. It’ll give you some great insights about weight control, sugar and the ‘calories in, calories out’ theory:

Facebook: Dr. David Ludwig Live Interview with Gary Taubes

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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).

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Q&A with Gary Taubes

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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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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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Is Sugar the World’s Most Popular Drug? Another Chapter from The Case Against Sugar

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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:

The Guardian: Is Sugar the World’s Most Popular Drug?

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