Saw Mark Bitman (who I always enjoy seeing and/or reading) on Morning Joe this morning (An excerpt from Mark Bittman’s “VB6″ — MSNBC) promoting his new book VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health . . . for Good,
A couple of times he used the phrase “the science says” or “the science tells us” but what he was saying wasn’t really jiving with what I come to believe “the science really says” thanks to Gary Taubes so I googled the keywords ‘Mark Bittman Gary Taubes’ and found these articles so I could see where they cross paths:
- 2 Weeks Worth of Food Links – NYTimes.com by Mark Bittman
…Gary Taubes makes a strong case questioning the conventional wisdom in the fight against obesity. It’s not – as the establishment says – calories in vs. calories out, which is an approach to the problem that just hasn’t worked, but rather what kinds of calories are coming in, namely refined sugars and grains, which affect the fat-regulating hormone insulin. …
- Plant-Based Nutritarian Weight Loss Recipe Blog—
- Review: Food Matters by Mark Bittman
…Critics have noted that Food Matters is essentially Michael Pollan Lite. Bittman doesn’t dispute this; he openly acknowledges his predecessors in the field of food politics, claiming only to offer a condensed version of their work for the CliffsNotes masses.What Bittman doesn’t point out is that his central argument already had a round of media and popular attention a generation ago. As Gary Taubes notes in Good Calories, Bad Calories, Americans last got anxious about our diet’s drain on our planet and ourselves back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, with the publication of Paul Ehrlich’s 1968 bestseller The Population Bomband Frances Moore Lappé’s 1971 bestseller Diet for a Small Planet. This “anti-meat movement,” as Taubes calls it, sparked a wave of vegetarianism and activism on behalf of using our planet’s resources in responsible agricultural ways — much like now.
What’s the difference today? Back then, the argument was, “Eat less meat and no one will go hungry.” Share and share alike, in other words. Today, the argument is, “Eat less meat and stop global warming.” Free your steak, and planetary health will follow….
- Bittman mentioned in the comments: Is sugar toxic? Gary Taubes in the NYT Magazine | Hunter-Gatherer (a Paleo blog)
- Gary Taubes, Mark Bittman and The New York Times Really Have a lot to Teach Us About Food Plant-Based Nutritarian Weight Loss Recipe Blog (a vegetarian blog)
- Are we still a land of ‘meat and potatoes?’ | Marketplace.org by Mark Bittman
A Comment Posted by RDinTX — After reading about the paleo diet, Why We Get Fat (by Gary Taubes), Wheat Belly and the Great Cholesterol Con books, the meat consumption for my entire family has doubled in the last year. As a Registered Dietitian, I have to say you should read the science. The real science, not “Healthy Whole Grains” story you are told to eat. I understand personal and moral reasons for not eating meat. Perhaps if everyone ate paleo like us there might not be enough to go around. Enjoy your Meatless Mondays!
- Which Diet Works? – NYTimes.com by Mark Bittman
- No, It’s Not the Sugar – Bittman and MotherJones have overinterpreted another study – denialism blog