Friday, April 6, 2012

Gary Taubes on Food Studies: Digest Carefully!

A bit technical, but as usual with Taubes, this article from the NY Times is carefully researched and argued. In short, most nutritional studies are full or correlations and can generate interesting possibilities, but they don't prove causation. Another case of lies, damned lies, and statistics. Statistics gone wild, you might say. As causation is the crucial knowledge we need for understanding our environment, we can't give it too much careful consideration.

Public Enemy No. 1? Sugar, Baby

I've referred to Dr. Robert Lustig before a couple of times courtesy of Gary Taubes. Put simply, sugar is as addictive as cocaine & as evil (in more than minimal quantities) as tobacco & alcohol. Wow. Nasty. It's enough to ruin my cup of ice cream! This 60 Minutes segment really brings the point home!

BTW, I learned of this via the site War on Insulin. Good stuff there.