Many dear readers remember watching Gary Taubes on Dr. Oz, and wondered why he declined to take a cholesterol test.
In a nutshell, Taubes refused to do the test that was available that day, since total cholesterol isn't much of a predictor of anything. He did agree to do a test if he could measure the things that he feels are appropriate. Some of those tests aren't routine, and the results wouldn't have been available on the day of the taping.
In my opinion, Taubes was set up and tricked by the people who run the Dr. Oz show. Even though the issue had been discussed and settled before the taping began, Dr. Oz still threw the question out there anyway. Taubes' surprised response is because he thought the issue had already been settled, but Oz brought it up and really tried to hammer it home.
Cheap shot Dr. Oz. I have been wary of watching the show ever since this was aired. I have never seen another guest ambushed on the show. Gary Taubes didn't deserve this. You said you didn't want to set Taubes up, but you set him up anyway.
Here's Taubes' excellent test results:
Some who argue against a low-carb diet point to the well-known fact that "bad" LDL usually rises while on such a diet. But they fail to point out that it is also well-known that there are different types of LDL, some are good, some are bad. A low-carb, high-fat diet raises the amount of "good", "fluffy" LDL and a high-carb, low-fat diet raises the amounts of "bad" LDL. (But my readers still aren't that impressed, because they know that a risk factor isn't a cause!) Other researchers discount these tests altogether, believing that the lipid measures are a marker for type of diet, not any disease.
Here's Taubes' take on the Dr. Oz ordeal:
And you can also check out Taubes' interview with Jimmy Moore on Livin' La Vida Low Carb: