Award-winning science writer Gary Taubes (@garytaubes) takes on Big Sugar, breaks down the sharp rise of obesity and diabetes in America, and busts the common myth that a calorie is just a calorie.
It seems that nowadays, aside from religion and politics, one of the most hotly debated topics is that of nutrition.
Should we eat high-carb diets? Low-carb? High-fat? High-protein? What about wheat or gluten? Should we eat meat or adopt a vegan diet?
There are as many opinions as there are people — and books, magazines, and websites are overflowing with information showing you the “right” way to eat and exercise to lose weight.
But if “eating less and moving more” is all it takes to lose weight and enjoy a healthy lifestyle, why are so many of us fat and getting fatter?
We talk about the sharp rise of obesity and diabetes in America, discuss the structural hurdles to effective nutrition research, and explore the common myth that a calorie is just a calorie.
Here are a few highlights from our conversation:
- How diets shifted in the last century, and what impact it’s having on our bodies today
- Why a carb isn’t just a carb — and why you should know the difference
- Why the sugar industry might be the new Big Tobacco
- What role genetics play in our health and how much is under our control
- Why humans are so attracted to sugar and how to break the habit
- Gary’s suggestions to improve your health, drop body fat, and feel terrific
- The benefits of fasting and how you can try it out yourself
And a bunch more.
If you think at all about your health, give this podcast a listen. And please add to the conversation by sharing your thoughts on Twitter or Facebook.
People, Books, & Articles Mentioned:
- Denis Parsons Burkitt
- 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
- NYT article: What If It’s All a Big Fat Lie?
- Jerome Groopman’s review of Gary’s book
- Mechanisms, Pathophysiology, and Management of Obesity (New England Journal of Medicine)