Gary Taubes’s Good Calories, Bad Calories

January 20, 2008
Recently finished Gary Taubes’s Good Calories, Bad Calories, which is about the history of low-carb diets in America. Taubes wrote a terrific NY Times article, What if It’s All Been a Big Fat Lie? several years ago; this book is the follow-up to that article.
The book is extensive, meticulously researched, and very well written. However, I guess I was more interested in what I should be eating rather than a sociological investigation of US nutrition policy. To that end, I found Taubes’s Times article more to my liking than the book. But there is little doubt that if one is indeed looking for that type of sociology, one would have to look very hard to find a better source than this book.
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