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Published June 18, 2012, 07:03 PM

Expert explains why we get fat

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - As many of you sit down for dinner tonight, hang on a minute before you start eating bread and pasta.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - As many of you sit down for dinner tonight, hang on a minute before you start eating bread and pasta. More than 600 meat scientists are in Fargo this week for their annual convention.

A controversial watch-dog author and journalists told the crowd to eat meat, not bread. It's a debate that’s haunted nutritionists for decades, and it appears Gary Taubes is winning.

Sure we sit around too much, putting reality shows before our exercise plan, but according to one of the top authors and investigators of diets and nutrition claims, Gary Taubes, it is not about the old motto calories in calories out.

Gary Taubes – “Why We Get Fat” Author: “We are basing our recommendations and strategies and prevention and cure on a level of science no one really bothered to check. When you look at it, it is substandard science.”

So what is bad for us to eat? Unfortunately the author says it's everything we love to eat like refined grains and sugar.

Gary Taubes: "If you look at the biology, go to the textbooks and what they say about what puts fat in your fat cells, and then craft the diet based on that, what you are going to do is lower the carbohydrate content as low as it can go and increase and fat consumption."

In other words, it's not about how much we eat, but what we eat.

Gary Taubes: "This counters everything we have been taught the past thirty to forty years. The way I got into it was by realizing that what we've been told over the past 30-40 years is based on very poor science. It's hard to even call it science. It's more like a religion."

Pasta, rice, cookies; food Taubes argues that turn carbs into pounds we do not want or need. The answer? Protein, meats.

Gary Taubes: “High fat, diet, carbohydrates that come in forms that don't stimulate insulin secretion. That's green, leafy vegetables - what our mothers told you to eat.”

Taubes call his latest book "Why We Get Fat” a manifesto. It takes aim at the medical establishment and diet industry. The popular author has his critics, but he certainly is making many think twice before we decide how to fuel the furnace in our bodies.

NDSU and Fargo-Moorhead are the hosts for this year's national conference held at the FargoDome.