Review of Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health by Gary Taubes
We are witnessing the unraveling of three pseudo-scientific scams:
- efficient market hypothesis [1,2]
- global warming (now "climate change") hypothesis [Crichton]
- saturated fat / heart disease hypothesis [1,2]
Taubes' Good Calories, Bad Calories is the story of how this happened in the area of nutrition. It used to be well known that high carbohydrate diets caused obesity - see for example William Banting who wrote a low-carb dieting booklet in 1863.
Then people like Ancel Keys developed the hypothesis that saturated fats in the diet raise cholesterol and cause heart disease. If you lower the amount of dietary fat, you're going to be eating more carbohydrate. So for the past fifty years, the establishment "consensus science" has been high carbohydrate diets. And we've seen the results: obesity, heart disease, cancer.
An unbelievable amount of money has been wasted trying to prove that eating saturated fat causes heart disease or that high carbohydrate diets prevent it. Even more money has probably been wasted trying to find cures for diseases caused by high carbohydrate consumption.
The three pseudoscientific scams strongly argue against public funding of science. The anti-saturated fat / high carbohydrate mistake strongly argues against the government making nutritional or scientific recommendations.