Gary Taubes has a new blog post about his recent appearance on the Dr. Oz show (I don’t know if it has aired). Taubes’ article “What if it’s All Been a Big Fat Lie” and his books “Good Calories, Bad Calories” and “Why We Get Fat” are required reading if you are interested in learning how it came about that the U.S. government advocates a diet that causes metabolic syndrome and makes us sick, and why we should eschew most carbohydrates and eat a higher fat diet in order to be healthier.
“…it’s almost assuredly the case that the same foods that make us fat are the same foods that cause heart disease and diabetes and cancer, etc. — the diseases that associate with obesity. These are the foods that were absent from human diets during the 2.5 million years of evolution leading up to the agricultural era, and so we’re still poorly adapted to dealing with these foods — easily digestible starches, refined carbs and sugars. When we remove these foods from our diets, we get healthier. Insulin levels come down and with them a host of metabolic disturbances normalize.”