Goodbye to All That Low Fat
"If the members of the American medical establishment were to have a collective find-yourself-standing-naked-in-Times-Square-type nightmare, this might be it. They spend 30 years ridiculing Robert Atkins, author of the phenomenally-best-selling ‘Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution’ and ‘Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution,’ accusing the Manhattan doctor of quackery and fraud, only to discover that the unrepentant Atkins was right all along. Or maybe it's this: they find that their very own dietary recommendations -- eat less fat and more carbohydrates -- are the cause of the rampaging epidemic of obesity in America. Or, just possibly this: they find out both of the above are true."
— Gary Taubes, "What If It’s All Been a Big Fat Lie?" New York Times Magazine, 7/7/02
I shall eat no more of rice cakes,
Vermicelli, pretzels, corn flakes,
And those snacks with clever fat fakes
That I crave:
Now the studies seem to show that
Diets high in extra low fat
Only serve to throw a "Yo!" at
All that low-fat talk was prattle:
Seems a diet high in fat’ll
Be an ally in the battle
Of the bulge.
High-carb diet now displeases,
Appetite it ne’er appeases,
We should all choose meats and cheeses
Now I’ll order rafts of bacon
That I’d long ago forsaken
For to save my heart from achin’
Who knows when.
In the meat aisle I’ll be rangin’,
Carbs for fats I’ll be exchangin’,
‘Til the doctors’ minds are changin’