Wednesday, January 9, 2008

The Carbohydrate Hypothesis

No Bread Today
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Today I finished the second part of Gary Taubes' Good Calories, Bad Calories and I must say that this book continued to hurt my head. As I warned before, the discussion is full of dense scientific research and history. On top of that, it astounds me how much good science has been ignored or disregarded because it doesn't conform to the low-fat mantra.

Essentially, the carbohydrate hypothesis states that it is carbohydrates that cause the diseases of civilization -- obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some forms of cancer. Refined carbs, like polished rice, white flour and white sugar, were pointed out as some of the more dangerous ingredients but high-fructose corn syrup also made the list.
In this hypothesis, it is the quality of the calories consumed that regulates weight, and the quantity--more calories consumed than expended--is a second phenomenon
In summary, part one of the book was "this is why everything you know is wrong" and part two was "this is why everything you don't know is right." The third part of the book promises to discuss weight loss and I'm hoping some sort of recommendations will be made there. There is a lot of information presented for the author not to provide a summary and conclusion.


dixonge said...

I'm on chapter 7 - doesn't this book just piss you off at the entire field of medical research?

Bree said...

Hey there! Just found your blog, and I'm enjoying it. Wondering about your progress, since it looks like you haven't posted in about three years. I'm reading Taubes's Good Calories, Bad Calories now, and I'm completely convinced that the dietary fat hypothesis is dead wrong. Will you give us an update on your progress, and whether you've stuck with low-carb or moved on to other regimens?

Good health to ya!