We have been fooled for decades. We have been told that fat is bad for us, carbohydrates are better, and the key to weight management and better health is to eat less and exercise more. Yet it seams not a day goes by without some reminder of the epidemics of obesity and diabetes, and the health issues related to those epidemics grow more dire.
Award-winning science writer Gary Taubes argues in this book that all calories are not equal. The problems of these epidemics are a result of empty calories found in refined carbohydrates such as white flour, easily digested starches and refined sugars. The key to good health is the kind of calories we take in, not the number of calories or our individual ability to burn off the number of calories we have consumed through exercise . Mr. Taubes wants to share with us why almost everything we believe about the nature of a healthy diet is wrong.