A major problem in nutrition is short timelines. We tend to agonize over the energy content in 1 meal or 1 day, or read experiments done over 14 days and draw all sorts of conclusions. The truth is that the vast majority of people live in energy equilibrium--occasional feasts balanced by short fasts or bursts of activity. Incidentally the populations with the most stable weight tend to the be the ones with the least access to calorie counts, labels, and dietary advice.
Originally Posted by econ
As I understand it Taubes' main point is that the adipose layer is not a passive dumping ground for stray calories but an organ no less active or reactive than the heart and lungs. Like other organs, it only become abnormally large in the presence of some unnatural influence and--judging from healthy pre-industrial populations--that stimulus is unlikely to be unrefined fats.
Lots of: urban hiking, cycling, sprinting
Lots of: fresh meat, seafood, eggs, organs, tubers, starch fruits, vegetables, meat fat, dairy fat, oil fruits
Some: cured meat, dairy protein, sweet fruits, rice, pulses, tree nuts, oil seeds
Minimal: soy, refined proteins, sugar, liquid carbohydrate, grains, refined oils, peanuts