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Laura Dolson

Gary Taubes on Carbs and Obesity

By November 30, 2008

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garyWhy oh why haven't I reviewed Gary Taube's epic science book, Good Calories Bad Calories yet? Mostly because I didn't think I could do it justice so I've kept putting it off! But now it's out in paperback and I simply must recommend it to all the science-minded among my readers. The first section meticulously documents how we came to believe that cutting fat in our diets was a good thing, how our diets came to be filled with refined carbohydrates, and the health consequences of this. He then goes on to talk about other diet and weight-related issues. Although I found the latter chapters to be a bit uneven, and I had some fairly minor disagreements here and there, this book should be on the bookshelf of anyone interested in diet, nutrition, and science. on Good Calories Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health

Be warned that this book is BIG and the sheer volume of science isn't everyone's cup of tea. If this is your case, then check out this article in the Missourian describing a recent talk Taubes gave.

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December 6, 2008 at 1:47 am
(1) Andi Passaro says:

Splenda is NOT natural & is not healthy. Our bodies were not created to breakdown chemicals. Get the facts at:

April 19, 2010 at 11:11 pm
(2) catgross49 says:

I had not seen this study with splenda, thanks for posting it. Has Duke Unisiversity Done any others?

So, I would say from the results, if you already have compromised immune system. . .”Splenda” is going to make it worse NOT better everytime you use it.

March 3, 2014 at 2:14 pm
(3) Tony says:

To say that because Splenda alters the gut flora and pH makes it harmful, without any relevant context, is quite meaningless.

It would be wise to take place the Sugar-industry funded study vs. Splenda and the greater context. Almost anything you eat will alter gut mechanics. This is simple and true because eating is just another form of environmental exposure for the body. While Splenda does have a modest impact on the gut (so does grapefruit juice and everything else) it should be weighed and compared to the impact that fructose, and table sugar (sucrose) has. The research is pretty easy to access, and from what I’ve read–and experienced–the impact of sucrose (used in a sweetness-equivalent way) to Splenda is far greater both with regard to the gut and the entire body.

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