Good Calories, Bad Calories

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   Posted 9/28/2007 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
The last couple of days on the talk shows there has been a very respected science journalist by the name of Gary Taubes who has been promoting his new book "Good Calories, Bad Calorie" that is basically debunking the whole FDA pyramid thing. In other words, he is espousing what Dr. Atkins and Dr. Bernstein have been saying all along. He evidently has been reading all the scientific research over the last 50 years and come to the same conclusion that many of us on the forum have...CARBS=evil. And I think because he is not some fly by night snake oil salesman that is trying to sell something other than his book...and he has the research from many decades to back him up... people might be taking notice. He also talks about exercise causing weight loss (or not) in the book, but I found an article he wrote on the subject for New York Magazine. It's VERY interesting. Here's the link. And what do you all think?
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   Posted 9/28/2007 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Karen, a very interesting article!  Taubes is the man who wrote the article What If It's All a Big Fat Lie?" for the NYTimes Magazine a few years ago that Fergusc talked about.  He explains the relationship between how insulin and carbohydrates affect the body's weight.  I'm glad to see that he is back in the mainstream media explaining this.  It took me awhile to digest (pardon the pun! :-) ) what Bernstein said in his book but I do believe what he and Taubes say.  I also think there is a distinction between a "normal" person's biochemisty and someone like me, teetering on the verge of meds for diabetes.  My husband who is a "normal" just got back his lab results from his annual physical.  His fasting glucose was 82 and his cholesterol was excellent - yet he eats bread for breakfast, a lot of fruit and a lot of rice with dinner everyday.  There is no diabetes in his family.  He could probably lose about 10 lbs but he plays racquetball 3x a week, the only exercise he gets.  I wonder what his lab results would have been if he ate exactly what I eat.  In any case, I think we know now what works for us and I hope someday the ADA and the AHA will come around and accept the fact that the food pyramid is not for everyone!
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