A CHANGE IN THINKING
For more than half a century, going back to at least 1961,
Americans have been told by doctors, medical authorities, the
news media and our own government that the fat in our foods was
making us gain weight and causing heart disease.
Today, however, that idea is being reexamined and challenged,
and the nutritional policies of America look like they might be
about to change in a big way. At some point in time this will likely
begin to impact competitive mountain bikers. For some reason no
American man has won a World Cup cross-country mountain bike
event in almost 20 years. Is it possible that our racers have been
eating the wrong foods for most of that time? Is it possible that we
should be fueling ourselves with bacon and eggs instead of loading
up on carbohydrates?
THE “BIG FAT LIE”
In July of 2002, Gary Taubes—a Harvard- and Stanford-trained
scientist and writer—published a major article in the New York
Times that raised the question of whether low-fat diets were
actually causing the obesity epidemic sweeping our country.
Taubes, who titled his Times article “What if It’s All Been a Big
Fat Lie?,” revealed that he had originally become interested in the
subject of nutrition when he was trying to lose weight himself.
Upon trying out a high-fat diet, Taubes lost weight so quickly
that he was stunned by the results, and he began researching
the Foods That
Make You Fat
About 20 years ago some pro cyclists told me an interesting story. While they were preparing for another big day of racing during the Tour DuPont in Atlantic City, the teams
had gathered for breakfast in a large dining room when a Russian
cyclist walked in and filled his plate with a colossal pile of bacon
and eggs and nothing else.
My friends probably wondered if the Russian rider would have
a heart attack that day. At the time Americans were being told in
no uncertain terms that high-fat foods clogged the arteries and
caused heart disease. The guy’s breakfast looked like a heart
attack waiting to happen.
Nevertheless, the Russian rider devoured his mountain of
high-fat food, then dominated the race that day to win by a huge
margin. My friends didn’t know what to make of it. Perhaps it
was a fluke. Or, on the other hand, maybe the Russian rider knew
something the Americans didn’t.
Still tasty: Long thought to be the safest foods we can eat,
vegetables may prove to be even healthier when we put the ranch
dressing on them.
Good news: We can eat meat, butter, creamy sauces and eggs to
our heart’s content, claim authors Gary Taubes and Nina Teicholz,
who are trying to overturn 50 years of low-fat-diet advice, which
they claim has actually caused the obesity epidemic in America.
Mountain Bike Action Italia publisher Gian Paolo Galloni enjoys a
guilt-free, tasty meal at Pedaler’s Fork in Calabasas, California.