Taubes vs. Weight Of America

There is an alternative theory, one that has also been around for decades but that the establishment has largely ignored. This theory implicates specific foods—refined sugars and grains—because of their effect on the hormone insulin, which regulates fat accumulation. If this hormonal-defect hypothesis is true, not all calories are created equal, as the conventional wisdom holds. And if it is true, the problem is not only controlling our impulses, but also changing the entire American food economy and rewriting our beliefs about what constitutes a healthy diet.

When a construction worker, somebody who you could say exercises ALL DAY, becomes obese, then eliminating obesity is a little more than “eat less, exercise more.”

Every time I think of this I’m reminded of when people would talk about the French paradox: a culture of people who eat fatty foods and drink wine and don’t get fat. HOW COULD IT BE?!

“Is Sugar Toxic” by Gary Taubes

You probably shouldn’t eat much sugar. If you eat a lot of it you’ll get fat, and fat people get cancer more than not-fat people.

“I have eliminated refined sugar from my diet and eat as little as I possibly can,” Thompson told me, “because I believe ultimately it’s something I can do to decrease my risk of cancer.” Cantley put it this way: “Sugar scares me.”

This was published the same day as the “Do Cellphones Cause Brain Cancer” article, and although Mukherjee states evidence about how cell phones aren’t risky I still find myself thinking the same thing that Cantley says about sugar, but towards cell phones.