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By now, the low-carb diet's refrain is a familiar one: "Bread is bad for you. Fat doesn't matter. Carbs are the real reason you can't lose weight."

The low-carb universe Dr. Atkins brought into being continues to expand. Low-carb diets, from South Beach to The Zone and beyond, are still the go-to method for weight loss for millions. These diets' marketing may differ, but they all share two crucial components: the condemnation of "carbs" and an emphasis on meat and fat for calories. Even the latest diet trend, the Paleo diet, is - despite its increased focus on some wholefoods - just another variation on the same carbohydrate fears.

In The Low-Carb Fraud, longtime leader in the nutritional science field T. Colin Campbell outlines where and how the low-carb proponents get it wrong: Where the belief came from that carbohydrates are bad and why it persists despite all the evidence to the contrary. The foods we misleadingly refer to as "carbs" aren't all created equal, and treating them that way has major consequences for our nutritional well-being.

If you're considering a low-carb diet, read this book first. It will change the way you think about what you eat - and how you should be eating to lose weight and optimize your health, now and for the long term.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2014 T. Colin Campbell (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Don
  • 11-03-2015

Thought food for everyone!

Everyone should read/listen to this book. Your future health depends on what you can learn here.
Awesome information ! Wow!

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My diet is better than yours!

What would have made The Low-Carb Fraud better?

I was expecting some cogent discussion on the pitfalls of low-carb diets (which the book does contain in small parts).

However, the book primarily focuses on Campbell's insecurities and displeasure with the low-carb diet which runs counter to the principles in "The China Study" (of which he is the author) and his advocacy of the Whole Foods Plant Based (WFPB) diet.

Basically, the book is mostly just him saying, "My diet is better than yours!"

What could T. Colin Campbell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Less complaining and expressions of discontent and more rational discussion on the alleged drawbacks of low-carb diets.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator was fine, if a little monotone in his narration.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Low-Carb Fraud?

Campbell's childish, obviously unhappy and insecure tone which unfortunately makes up a significant proportion of the book.

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  • Gwendolyn
  • 29-04-2018

Comprehensive and informative

This book really breaks down the problems with eating low carb diets. Everyone should read this.

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  • Karrie L. Nielson
  • 04-05-2017

Book focused on the research of others

Terrible narrator - very boring. Want my money back. Don't Bother reading. not very current

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  • christina stoehrel
  • 16-05-2018

Is it too late to get my money back?

I recently started the keto diet, which is a low-carb diet. I was blown away how successfully I have been losing weight over the past few weeks. But when something seems too good to be true, it usually is. so I decided to try to read up on the downsides of low-carb diets. This book had surprisingly high ratings, I guess there's a lot of dumb people out there. I got that the author is a very well distinguished person in his field but this book was nothing but a persuasive argument. He pretty much spent the first two chapters just trash talking some Tobbs guy that I've never even heard of. All the author did was just try to defend himself from what tabs said in his book and discredit his work with some casual information. As a scientist myself I guess I was looking for an understanding of how our metabolism works and what actually happens to your body when you are on a low-carb diet. I quit this book after the first two chapters because I gleaned absolutely nothing from it. And it's really hard to believe the author when he tells you based on his research that low-carb diets don't work when you are living proof that they do. But just because of low carb diet works doesn't mean it's healthy. I think this guy was too busy trying to defend his life's work that was apparently criticized by someone else to actually give us some facts to work with. he came off as incredibly egotistical and childish. This book was definitely a complete and total waste of time and money in my pursuit of knowledge of how my metabolism works.

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  • dspiegel
  • 07-07-2016

Eye opener!

This is a good read and an eye opener. I see the need to learn much more. I recommend this book to anyone who wants or needs better health.

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  • iDoc
  • 28-02-2014

Careful when using the word fraud . . .

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Be careful when you see the word Fraud. I am a physician, and suggest the interested reader listen to both sides of this question. This PhD author seems somewhat jealous of his peer group, and even perpetuates the myth (from the "vegetarians") that Dr. Atkins died from low-carb diet consequences. (Dr. Atkins was 6 ft., 195 lbs when he suffered from a head injury. He died bloated, with organ failure, in a coma.) This author also clings to the "cholesterol is the problem", soon to be arcane. There is valuable information here, but only if tempered with some outside information. (Fat comes from carbs, not from fat.)

Would you ever listen to anything by T. Colin Campbell again?

Yes

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

NO

Any additional comments?

Every decade, we learn the new truth. I suspect we are not finished yet. iDoc

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  • YellowBlueGreen
  • 20-11-2015

Clear audio, great voice, wonderful book

I love the work of Dr T Colin Campbell, and this book is no exception. I wish it was narrated by him, however I really enjoy listening to Don Hagen. :)

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  • Chris
  • 28-02-2017

Colin Campbell has made a fool of himself.

What did you like best about The Low-Carb Fraud? What did you like least?

He is promoting his whole food diet, which may be a good idea, but completely misrepresents what low carb is really about in ways that are so superficial and obvious, he really should be embarrassed.

What could T. Colin Campbell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

He could have been more upfront in his desire for people to eat whole foods rather than trying to disprove low carb with paper thin arguments.

Could you see The Low-Carb Fraud being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

If he knew what was good for his reputation, he would remove this book from publication and focus on his mission of promoting whole food diet.

Any additional comments?

Trying to come across as an expert by misrepresenting other perspectives and then using your own propaganda to spread lies is just poor.

This book may fool some who are unable to actually hear what he is saying, but if you actually listen to what he says about low carb and know anything about the reality of how it works, Colin Campbell becomes more like a used car salesman stretching the truth, and sowing lies to hopefully guide people away from a way of living that may be the best option for them.

I agree his message of eating a whole food diet may be a positive option for many, but the way he tries to discredit low carb is so obviously filled with blatant disregard for the truth of what low carb eating is, either he has done absolutely no true research or is just floundering and figured deceit was justified to save his concept of low fat, whole food vegetarian diet.

I honestly feel sorry for him at this point.

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  • Goldilocks
  • 27-05-2018

Great Book!

I really liked the book and found it easy to understand and informative. with so much food confusion, this really helped define the truth.

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  • Andrea M.
  • 27-06-2015

good information

another great book by Dr Campbell. easy read. enjoyed it. a good book to read if you are thinking about going plant based or just want to improve your health

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-10-2016

Great short listen on why all carbs are not evil

This was a real short book. It discusses the authors perspective on good carbs and the not so good carbs. Backed by his meticulous research as always.

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  • Mike Grice
  • 06-03-2017

Unsubstantiated claims and badly quoted research.

What would have made The Low-Carb Fraud better?

Evidence supported assumptions and statements. This author expect us to believe him without providing any evidence to back it up. When evidence is provided he mis quotes research or mis-represents the research.

Would you ever listen to anything by T. Colin Campbell again?

No. I find his book condescending and lacking the evidence to support his claims. He has mis represented the low carb movement and misses out key aspects of the studies over thte years. He is perpetuating the myth of High carb, low fat diet that is causing the obesity crisis.

Did Don Hagen do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Not relevant on this book

What character would you cut from The Low-Carb Fraud?

The author.

Any additional comments?

Do not buy this book. It is not objective, balanced or based on sound or well supported evidence.

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  • Magdalena Terech
  • 14-08-2018

Factually inaccurate

The reader was making a rather annoying hissing sound whenever letter s what at the end of the word.

The author is complaining about the lack of research in support of the low carb diet yet no real evidence was presented for the whole food based diet. The study done by Dr Hornisher that was referred to as proof of whole food based diet reversing heart decease was conducted on a group of people of less than 30! I deem it not a statistically significant sample size plus aside from nutrition this group also improved their physical activity and from what I understand stopped smoking, both of which are significant factors to human wellbeing.

Ancel Keys’ studies have been fraught with issues such as selection bias over countries that matched the hypothesis yet none of this was mentioned here.

Information on cholesterol and its linkage to heart disease is incorrect; many recent studies in this field show no linkage at all. It’s the sugar that seems to be the culprit instead.

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  • Leo'sMa
  • 11-10-2016

Interesting and factual

This is an interesting and factual book, it was well read and I like the fact that Colin Campbell has no agenda apart from helping the planet become healthy individuals! Thank you.

It's a quick book especially after reading both the China study and Whole; both great books!

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