Dr. Stephanie Seneff, Senior Researcher, MIT on Cereal Killer

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| October 13, 2013
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Dr. Stephanie Seneff compares Taubes’ Good Calories, Bad Calories to Cereal KillerĀ 

6a00d8357f3f2969e201b8d0a1c32d970cI think of Alan Watson’s very inviting and easy-to-read 144-page Cereal Killer as a handbook. Taubes and Watson address a gamut of health issues, but Watson centers on cardiovascular health while Taubes spends more time on weight gain and obesity. Watson’s style is brief and to the point. His succinct review of fats, a complex subject, seems exceptionally understandable.

Bullet-ed lists are presented in place of paragraphs of prose. Each chapter ends with a friendly ‘More to Explore’ section that provides helpful suggestions for further reading. A sprinkling of photos–of the Watson family, cows, and such–give it a pleasant and homespun quality.

Cereal Killer goes beyond the narrow focus on carbohydrates vs. fats, to other related topics, such as grass-fed beef, and lard, but it left me wondering whether these topics were as well-supported by clinical studies as the fundamental carbohydrate vs. fat issue.

Throughout, this book is a model of clarity and conciseness while presenting valuable information about which the author is passionate.

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