Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Big Sugar, Bigger Government, and Bad Nutrition. Gary Taubes on The Case Against Sugar


Science writer Gary Taubes has a knack for subverting conventional wisdom. Sixteen years ago, he published a groundbreaking feature in The New York Times Magazine, arguing that decades worth of government-approved nutritional advice attacking fatty foods and praising carbohydrates was flat-out wrong, ideologically motivated, and is contributing to rising rates of obesity and diabetes.

He was widely attacked—including in the pages of Reason. His 2007 book Good Calories/Bad Caloriesfollowed on that story, as did Why We Get Fat and What To Do About It, which came out in 2011. Today, his thesis is gaining ground among heath and nutrition researchers and has been highlighted once again in the New York Times and Time magazine.

Reason's Nick Gillespie sat down with Taubes in his kitchen in Oakland, California to talk about his latest book on nutrition, The Case Against Sugar, which recently came out in paperback.

Produced by Zach Weissmueller. Interview by Nick Gillespie. Camera by Paul Detrick, Justin Monticello, and Weissmueller. Additional graphics by Brett Raney.

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The interview has been edited for clarity. Check all quotes against the audio for accuracy.