Posts Tagged: Gary Taubes

Sugar the Bitter Truth

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By Chris Randall Okay fine. Sugar, the sweet, sweet truth. I made a smoothie today: a really good one, in fact. “Oh, a super-good one with wild organic low-sugar berries, organic grass-fed no-sweetener-added whey protein powder, and no-calorie Stevia drops?!” Um, no. Gross. Do people actually eat stuff like that? I’m talking a real smoothie. I’m talking the kind of smoothie that would simultaneously put Dr. Robert Lustig (that dude over there) and Gary Taubes into a diabetic coma just from hearing about it. What was in it? Bananas: super ripe and sugary bananas. There were between 12-14 big ones in there. I tend to lose count as I’m more focused on fitting as much as possible into the blender. I also dropped in a small glug of apple juice to… Read more »

How We Get Fat

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No this is not a book review of Gary Taubes’s Why We Get Fat.  Rather, this is a post about the reality of how people pack on extra weight minus Taubes’s incorrect and shortsighted assessment of biochemistry. A question I get as often, or more often than any other, is “Well then, what does cause people to become fat?”  Believe it or not, this question involves more than just a one-word response, such as “carbs” or “fat” or “junk” or “stress” or “calories.” I’m finding it difficult to coax some people who really need a dense calorie supply in order to normalize their metabolic rate into eating common foods.  It seems that many people who gravitate towards strange diets find a lot of comfort in the strangeness of their diet… Read more »

Dangers and Myths of Low Carb Diet Plans

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The world is drowning in low carb diet plans.  Low carb fever has swept the nation, and perhaps the world.  If anything, with #1 documentary films like Tom Naughton’s Fat Head and groundbreaking books like Gary Taubes’s Good Calories, Bad Calories, the low carb diet has done nothing but gain steam since the days of Atkins. This, in part, is a beautiful thing.  The low carb diet masters of the universe have indoctrinated the public with a totally different portrait of what causes obesity, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and many other conditions.  Thank God!  That saturated fat causes heart disease thing was starting to get really old, especially after the whole saturated fat and cholesterol theory (the lipid hypothesis) was disproven decades ago. But is the low carb diet the… Read more »

Dangers and Side Effects of High Fructose Corn Syrup

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It’s made from corn silly!  It’s good for you! Has anybody seen those ads?  The ones put out by the Corn Refiners Association?  I have. Not only are there numerous dangers of high-fructose corn syrup, there’s actually dangers of high-fructose corn syrup commercials – I laughed so hard when I saw those I nearly fell out of my chair and bonked my head. The high-fructose corn syrup dangers all stem from the fact that it is completely devoid of nutrients, extremely sweet and addictive, and loaded with an isolated, refined form of fructose that is very difficult for the human body to properly process. Astute researcher Gary Taubes calls fructose “the most lipogenic carbohydrate,” meaning that it has a tendency to get converted to fat more than any other type… Read more »

Fructose

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Fructose, a type of sugar, has historically been granted a “get out of jail free” card due to its presence in fruit.  It’s the same sugar that’s in fruit, and fruit is healthy, so fructose must be healthy goes the story.  But is there such as thing as too much?  Without a doubt, yes.  Also, when it’s in the form of a refined sugar does it behave the same as the tiny amount of fructose found in natural fruit? I’m sure you’ve guessed, as I dedicated a whole category solely to it, that the answer is “hell no!” One of the biggest dietary departures if not the biggest dietary departure from traditional human diets is the massive increase in the consumption of fructose.  Whether one could ever consume too much… Read more »

Taubes Schools Guyenet!

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People practically beg me to write up some thoughts specifically about Gary Taubes. I have done so in the past, but not necessarily in thorough detail. When I did write about Taubes, I often championed him for pointing out that obesity is not a simple matter of calorie consumption, calories burned via exercise, willpower, discipline, and so forth. Gary Taubes, as well as several others, have shown the world very clearly that the status quo on what causes obesity and how to lose weight is really dumb, and a near-hilarious oversimplification. Where Taubes went astray is when he offered up a counter-explanation. He had us all at “it’s not all about calories” and totally lost us when he wrote “it’s all about carbohydrates.” The latter is an even dumber, even… Read more »

Befriending Insulin

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Make no mistake, there are some insulin haters out there. They have managed to pollute the minds of good folks like you and me into thinking that insulin is like Insulin Bin Laden – a bad dude with no redeeming qualities. Newcomers to www.180degreehealth.com are often still under the influence of low-carbism. Yeah, I know Taubes had a lot of references. I get it. I read the book multiple times as well as many of the references which provide ample refutation to the belief that carbohydrates are inherently toxic and lead to obesity and metabolic disease (like the works of T.L. Cleave and Denis Burkitt for starters). But insulin is a beautiful thing. Insulin, for starters, helps take food energy out of our bloodstream after digestion takes place and packs it… Read more »

Big Fat Lies In Britain Too, the Mouse Version

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A recent article that’s gotten a lot of press and been made fun of by me exhaustively (which has confused many of you who got the impression that eating a low-fat diet starting in the 80’s caused the obesity epidemic), was an article entitled “Big Fat Lies About Britain’s Obesity Epidemic.”  This was the photo used for the article (not my random selection). This was a spin on Gary Taubes’s famous NYTimes article called “What if It’s All Been a Big Fat Lie,” which later led to the monster book, Good Calories, Bad Calories. In the article, Hannah Sutter’s low-carb ferocity brings it hard, showing that over the last some odd years the Brits have followed the government advice to eat less fat, exercise more, and watch those damn energy… Read more »

Love and Hate for 180

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Wow, what a weekend.I received a thorough tongue-lashing by Richard Nikoley of http://www.freetheanimal.com/ for suggesting that he is hypothyroid (which he is, and was diagnosed with that disorder many years ago), was ridiculed by Dr. Kurt Harris at the Panu blog for making a “Straw Man” argument and being unoriginal (yes, EVERYBODY is recommending overfeeding on high-glycemic carbohdyrates these days to drop blood sugar levels), and got some bizarre criticisms at http://www.fathead-movie.com/ for things as strange as what blogs I follow (uh, I follow like 30+ blogs and agree with the general conclusions, sentiments, and mindset of 3 blog authors – Stephan Guyenet, Michael Miles, and Ryan Koch – yet I continue to learn a lot from many others even if I feel their general conclusions are off-base). But seeing myself… Read more »

Fat Head Gets a 180 Infection

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“Don’t call it a comeback, I’ve been here for years, rockin’ my peers, puttin’ suckaz in fear.  Making the jam, rain down like a Mon-soon, listen to the bass go boom. Explosions! Ova-powerin’, over the competition I’m towerin’!” No I didn’t have to look those lyrics up sadly.  Had a car a few years ago that only had a tape deck.  Found an L.L. Cool J tape at a thrift store, and well, I listened to it a lot until I traded that puppy in.  Didn’t realize until now that L.L. stands for “Ladies Love.”  Classic. Anyway, wanted to let you homies know that my guest post at the Fat Head blog is official.  Tom posted it late last night.  Hope I make you guys proud.  I put a little special sauce into this one. CLICK HERE… Read more »

FUDA Day 13

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I can’t believe this FUDA diet is almost over. I’m almost sad, but I’m sure a buttload of pizza tomorrow night will help me get over it. That’s right, pizza has been chosen as the mutual mixed-meal postprandial competition between Sunshine the carbophiliac and Aurora the carbophobe. In English, Aurora and I are going to eat pizza, a food with balanced levels of animal protein, fat, and carbohydrates, and take blood glucose tests afterwards to measure who has the superior glucose response. Seems kinda unfair seeing that I’ve dominated her so unmercifully throughout this experiment. On morning 12 I took a 79 to 93 mg/dl victory. Today I won again by a similar margin, 85 to 97. Aurora, in her defense, did have some cyclic hormonal activity kick in during… Read more »

FUDA Day 11

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“Sigh” says Matt Stone as he listens to an interview between Gary Taubes and Jimmy Moore on filing a class-action lawsuit on the government… Yeah, I was just listening to a Taubes interview done by Jimmy Moore of “Livin’ la Vida Low Carb” lore. It was painful. It’s like, I love Gary Taubes so much. He makes the most sound and sophisticated arguments challenging the weight loss mantra of the modern world. He sucks you in. He talks about refined carbohydrates and their ‘guilty until proven innocent’ relationship to human health problems. He talks about the lack of causal relationship between eating a lot of calories and accumulating excess body fat. He relies upon legendary health greats like T.L. Cleave as he throws massive punches at the outdated way to… Read more »

My Name is Sunshine

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First off, I’ve got a very important announcement to make for those of you that don’t frequent a ghetto supermarket like the one in my town. It’s National Doughnut Month! Yes, there is such a thing and we are in the throes of it right now comrades! Get out there and getcha self some. Secondly, I am now requiring everyone, for at least the next two weeks and perhaps a little longer, to refer to me by my temporary name: “Sunshine.” Let me explain. I’m currently immersed in type II diabetes research. All the information on diets to treat and sometimes cure type II diabetes fall into 3 basic categories as far as I can tell. Category 1 is the garden variety diabetes info. that is basically the same as… Read more »

Carb Wars Episode III

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Now it’s time for another installment of Carb Wars! My responses in red… Hi Matt, This many not be what you’re looking for. I’m sure you are getting more interesting stories than this one. Or I could be on the completely wrong track about this. It’s just been recently that I’ve wondered if my problems stemmed from my brief venture into low-carb dieting. Please just ignore this email if it isn’t appropriate. Thanks for everything you do! Oh it’s what I’m looking for – and no I don’t have other replies that I have cherry-picked. I’ve received exactly three responses to my low-carb battle story request and have now published each of those three. I am a healthy 40 year old female, rarely sick, 125 pounds, 5’7”, good muscularity, low… Read more »

The Low-Carb Oops

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For quite some time now I’ve been bashing the very simple idea that low-carbohydrate proponents get repeatedly tripped up on. Everyone from Barry Sears to Gary Taubes lives under the false idea that: 1) Insulin is bad.2) Carbohydrates are bad because they cause temporary spikes in insulin levels.3) Eating too many carbohydrates over many years causes insulin to not work very well anymore, “wearing out the mechanism,” known as insulin resistance.Trouble is, there are some major illogical glitches in this nonsense. The first and foremost glitch is that many, if not most human beings throughout history have been found to eat lots of carbohydrates and have excellent health. In no shape or form did any of the groups that Weston A. Price observed eating loads of carbohydrates exemplify any of… Read more »

FUMP Day 11

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The lack of hunger… On my commemorative 10th day I pointed out an unusual but fully expected phenomenon of hardcore carnivorism – lack of hunger. I attribute this primarily to a drop in insulin levels and the subsequent release of stored fatty acids through the pipes. On a recent trip to D.C. I visited the Library of Congress and dug up a nice classic on obesity, entitled, oh so cleverly, Obesity, edited by renowned obesity researcher M.R.C. Greenwood. Greenwood, in the final chapter in which he authors, goes into detail on perhaps the most important fundamental of appetite and obesity as they relate to the hormone insulin. The concept of fuel-partitioning, or as I’m now calling it, “the calorie greenhouse.” I’ve gone into detail on this phenomenon a couple times… Read more »

Diverticulosis

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This week is evidently digestion week. It began with an email from a friend on helping out with a digestive condition called “diverticulosis,” which she referred to, unknown of the spelling, as “diver-tickle-o-sis.” Next, some friends came over for dinner and, naturally, we talked about IBS while eating. I’m a classy dinner host no doubt. For starters, diverticulosis is a condition, an extremely common one, where pockets form in the intestines and fill with fecal matter. They are basically small blowouts in the intestinal walls, where it balloons out and gets clogged. As this mass ferments and continues to stretch out the intestinal walls, inflammation can set in, causing the development of a condition called diverticulitis. As with IBS, these conditions are both caused and exacerbated by malabsorption, and more… Read more »

Malabsorption

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First off, apologies to my long-time followers for always being so preoccupied with Weston A. Price and others that witnessed the sudden dramatic decline of health at the dawn of modern food. But the shift of human health really dominates my thinking. From the beginning I’ve really been perplexed and driven to understand how and what, specifically, brought about this shift. As a very brief recap for all the newbies, Price directly observed a dramatic change in physical, mental, and even societal health amongst several independent groups of humans worldwide, as they were exposed to modern foods for the first time from a previously natural, nutritious, and untainted diet. Highlights include improper formation of facial structure resulting in crooked teeth, something we now just consider to be normal and “genetic”… Read more »

Tight Like a Tiger

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Now I’m no Tim Ferriss, but I’ve had some pretty good real life experiences on altering my body composition. After a trek in the Himalayas I was scrawny and emaciated. One time, for a couple of weeks, I had a body like Bruce Lee while on the Wind River Diet. And as a kid, I was straight up chubby, but it was all good. The Fat Boys were in their prime, and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to rap about being imprisoned for breaking into fast food restaurants, binge eating, and falling “asleep with my face in my plate, and the next thing ya know, I wuz headed upstate.” I will say, in my defense, that I was probably one of the best Caucasian beat-boxing 4th graders in the nation. When… Read more »

Fruc Fructose

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Fructose is a kind of sugar. There are many kinds of sugars: sucrose, lactose, galactose, maltose, dextrose, raffinose, glucose, and bunches more. Fructose is just one type. Fructose is famous for being the type of sugar found in fruit. Because of this association with fruit, considered to be a very nutritious and overall healthy food to be included in the daily diet of every man, woman, and child, fructose has been given unfair judgment. We might want to take a moment to investigate fructose a little further though, because there’s a legitimate possibility that it is the biggest single contributor to chronic disease. For realsies. As those who have done their homework have discovered, there is a striking correlation between the availability of refined sugar and the widespread onset of… Read more »