If the members of the American medical establishment were to have a collective find-yourself-standing-naked-in-Times-Square-type nightmare, this might be it. They spend 30 years ridiculing Robert Atkins, author of the phenomenally-best-sellingDr. Atkins’ Diet RevolutionandDr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution,accusing the Manhattan doctor of quackery and fraud, only to discover that the unrepentant Atkins was right all along. Or maybe it’s this: they find that their very own dietary recommendations — eat less fat and more carbohydrates — are the cause of the rampaging epidemic of obesity in America. Or, just possibly this: they find out both of the above are true. [continue]
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Anyone interested in this topic would do well to read the following two books, also by Gary Taubes:
- Why We Get Fat And What to Do About It (Published by Knopf in 2010.)
- Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health (Published by Random House in 2008.)
These are well-researched and provide much to ponder.
- Interview: Gary Taubes from pbs.org —
In this interview, Taubes explains his motivation for writing his piece, the science behind the low-carbohydrate diet, and the contention he faced when he published his findings.