Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Gary Taubes

Narrated By: Mike Chamberlain

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: August 2011

Duration: 25 hours 38 minutes


For decades we have been taught that fat is bad for us, carbohydrates better, and that the key to a healthy weight is eating less and exercising more. Yet despite this advice, we have seen unprecedented epidemics of obesity and diabetes. Taubes argues that the problem lies in refined carbohydrates, like white flour, easily digested starches, and sugars, and that the key to good health is the kind of calories we take in, not the number. In this groundbreaking book, award-winning science writer Gary Taubes shows us that almost everything we believe about the nature of a healthy diet is wrong.

'Easily the most important book on diet and health to be published in the past one hundred years. It is clear, fast-paced, and exciting to read, rigorous, authoritative, and a beacon of hope for all those who struggle with problems of weight regulation and general health.''Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize'winning author


  • Anonymous

    I really wanted to like this book, but the useful information provided for health and eating could be summed up in less than one CD. This book is mostly about proving that trends in health have been mostly based upon either cherry picked data or non-scientific information. While this case is well proven in the book, I kept wondering when information that I could use for my own personal health would be presented. In the end there were only a few pieces of information that i took away. First, if your cholesterol is between 160 and 240 you're fine. You don't need to take drugs. Second, carbohydrates are the cause of becoming overweight and obesity. The solution is a high protein/fat, low carb diet. They should have added high healthy protein and fats. And finally, high fructose corn syrup causes high triglycerides. If you got anything else out of this book, I'm open to hearing it. I didn't.