Gary Taubes is an American science writer and the cofounder and senior scientific advisor of the Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI). He is an award-winning science and health journalist, the author of Why We Get Fat and Good Calories, Bad Calories, and a former staff writer for Discover and correspondent for the journal Science. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and Esquire, and has been included in numerous “Best of…” anthologies, including The Best of the Best American Science Writing (2010).
He has received three Science in Society Journalism Awards from the National Association of Science Writers. He is also the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research. He has a master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University, and he lives in Oakland, California.
In this episode, we cover:
- Diet controversies – high-fat, low-carb diets versus high-carb, low-fat diets
- How to interpret scientific literature
- Effective ways of identifying good science
- How to use nutritional science and research to effect change in society’s eating habits
- Gary’s exercise and nutritional regimens, his thoughts on sugary foods and cravings, and more!
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- What does Gary think of some of the arguments against high-fat, low-carb diets? [4:38]
- Gary talks about why asking the right questions matter when looking for answers regarding diet and nutrition [8:36]
- Lawrence and Gary go on a tangent about podcasting, journalism, and [not] reading scientific literature [11:15]
- Does Gary have any tips for reviewing scientific literature? [12:40]
- Gary talks about having healthy skepticism and why getting to the bottom of things isn’t always easy in the scientific community [18:01]
- What motivated Gary to write The Case Against Sugar? [21:38]
- How long and what would it take to wean a population off sugar? Gary talks about addiction and how it affects the mind [29:59]
- How does Gary and his family deal with living in a society where sugary food is everywhere? [39:05]
- Does Gary have a sweet tooth? Does he have a problem with self-control? Might he have both? [43:18]
- Does Gary think the diet wars are winnable? [48:03]
- Fred Hahn asks Gary Taubes a question on comparative iso-caloric nutritional studies [54:30]
- How does Gary like to exercise? [1:01:03]
- Gary talks about his nutritional regimen [1:07:45]
- What advice would Gary give to his 20-year-old self? [1:12:14]
- Has Gary changed his mind about anything regarding nutrition recently? [1:14:58]
Selected Links from the Episode
- Nobel Dreams: Power, Deceit and the Ultimate Experiment by Gary Taubes (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- Bad Science: The Short Life and Weird Times of Cold Fusion by Gary Taubes (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes (Amazon US) / The Diet Delusion by Gary Taubes (Amazon UK)
- Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It by Gary Taubes (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- The Kitava Study
- Unintended Consequences, Special Interests, and Our Problem with Sugar – by Gary Taubes
- The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA by James D. Watson, Ph.D (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- The Antimatter Mission by Gary Taubes
- What if It’s All Been a Big Fat Lie? by Gary Taubes
- Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training by Mark Rippetoe (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- Bulletproof Coffee (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- What if Fat, Doesn’t Make You Fat?