a book I do NOT recommend
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes. In a nutshell this author is completely against carbohydrates and blames it solely on why people are fat. Through the entire book I kept wondering how much the meat company paid him to write the book.
Not all carbs are created equal. One cannot compare a potato with a pastry and yet he suggests staying away from: corn, parsnips, potatoes, peas, certain beans, whole grains, and even some vegetables.
He says we need to stay away from fruit because we've changed the fruits and therefore they are too sugary. What he didn't mention is that we've also changed our meats.
As I read the book I dog-eared the pages he contradicted himself or information that just isn't true or was half of the information. But there are just too many pages dog eared and I don't have that much time to waste on this book. I already wasted enough time reading it. If anyone follows this diet I fear it could be potentially dangerous to their health. Please use common sense. I know I could not possibly follow this diet, because this much protein would have me obese within a year. The eggs would have my skin full of rashes. And I would miss my fruits and veggies terribly which would then cause me problems with my joints.
Here's a link for the nutritional value of a baked potato in the skin:
Moderation is key, but we need to listen to our bodies and I think we all know what works and what doesn't.