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Friday, June 27, 2008

Carbohydrates are the Villain

Just read a fantastic article in The New York Times by Gary Taubes (author of Good Calories, Bad Calories) in which he argues that Atkins was right! Put more simply there is now convincing, though not conclusive, evidence that the cause of most diseases — including obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer — is carbohydrates and their effect on appetite and insulin. The reason there isn't conclusive evidence yet is that most physicians hate Atkins with a passion and have ridiculed him and his work. But if you have any interest in health, you owe it to yourself to take a look at this article, which, along with Taubes's book, are probably two of the most important things I've read in the past ten years. The article is "What If It's All Been a Big Fat Lie?" You can also hear Gary Taubes talking on a great new blog I discovered about the value of low cab diets. The blog is Jimmy Moore's Livin' La Vida Low-Carb and it's excellent. I'm looking forward to listening to his conversation with Gary Taubes, which you can listen to here or download to your iPod. Taubes makes a good case that cutting the carbs and eating fat (including steak, bacon, and cheese) will help you lose weight and improve your health profile in every way. Sounds like good science to me. And I also like the idea that I can eat steak, butter, and cheese without feeling bad.


flipt said...

read this and it kinda scared me how something so delicious could endanger your life...

i also read your comment on the recent post on my blog (and thank you for that). u mentioned something about "consuming more fats to lose the craving for carbs"... do i do that? are there any side effects if i eat more fats? 0_o?


Marilyn Christian said...

flipt recently said:
u mentioned something about "consuming more fats to lose the craving for carbs"... do i do that? are there any side effects if i eat more fats? 0_o?
Thank you for these questions. The short answer is that you can increase the consumption of fats by eating bacon, meat, butter, eggs, cheese, whole milk, and other foods containing saturated fat. Conventional wisdom blamed saturated fats for heart attacks, strokes, clogged arteries, and obesity. However, it has been challenged very persuasively by books such as Good Calories, Bad Calories by science writer Gary Taubes and by Dr. Atkins and his numerous books, among other reputable scientists and physicians. The concise answer is that saturated fat will not cause all those ills, but carbohydrates will. How? By raising insulin. The news about this is so controversial that I rejected it for years. Only with the reading of books by Mary Enig, Udo Erasmus, Lester Packer, Ray Kurzweil and Terry Grossman, M.D., and finally Gary Taubes’s magnum opus, only after I read all these books did it dawn upon me that perhaps there was truth to the hypothesis that carbohydrates are the villain, that saturated fat is not harmful, and that the medical establishment has misled us for over two decades.