Many people, including scientists, think of obesity as an inevitable consequence of gluttony and sloth. But research suggests that insulin may contribute more than we imagine to excess body fat. What’s more, eating refined carbohydrates seems to boost insulin levels. So perhaps not all calories are created equal. Could it be that dietary fat is not the evil we have been led to believe?
Guest: Gary Taubes is an award-winning science writer. His cover article in the New York Times Magazine in 2001 was titled what “If It’s All A Big Fat Lie?” and stimulated a great deal of controversy. His new book is Good Calories Bad Calories: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Diet, Weight Control, and Disease.