Gadgets & Goodies: The Fat Factor
I spent years decrying the Atkins theory, and now look at me. One new book, and I\'m sold. I can\'t help it. In Good Calories, Bad Calories, science writer Gary Taubes makes an utterly convincing argument as to why we should give the high-protein diet another look. But it\'s not so much pushing bacon and burgers as slamming the refined carb diet.

Remember how it used to be common knowledge that pasta and bread made you gain weight? Taubes agrees, and so does the research and history he cites. And it\'s about more than just weight gain. According to Taubes, the low-fat, low-cholesterol diet has never been proven to prevent heart disease.

Taubes is relentless in his excoriation of our refined carb diet, even relating it to hypertension (and dismissing the salt theory), and attributing all the diseases of civilization (heart disease, diabetes, obesity, etc.) to our love of refined carbs. Cut the sugar, the flour and the starchy vegetables, Taubes says, and you will be healthier. Whether or not you agree, this brutal look at the last few decades of dubious public health decisions is worth a serious look.

- Larissa Phillips

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