Saturday, January 15, 2011

Sometimes, They Get It Right

Who says all the nutrition information in glossy magazines is total bullshit? (Okay, besides me.)

Fine. I'll concede that occasionally, the popular press hits the nail on the head. And maybe -- just maybe -- they're getting it right a little more often these days. The latest issue of Men's Journal features an article entitled "Everything You Know About Nutrition Is Wrong," and discusses Gary Taubes' well-supported argument that it's our intake of carbs, not calories, that makes us fat:
During the past several years, conventional dietary wisdom — skimp on fat, count calories — has started to crumble, thanks largely to a one-man wrecking crew named Gary Taubes. In his latest book, Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It, Taubes argues that calories and fat aren’t to blame for the world’s increasing girth and high incidence of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. He contends that exercise, while a healthy habit, won’t help with weight loss, and that most Americans would benefit from eating more red meat and eggs because animal proteins and saturated fat don’t cause cardiovascular disease and weight gain: Simple sugars and carbohydrates do.
I told you so.

(Source: Men's Journal)