In July New York Times ran the story What if It's All Been a Big Fat Lie (by Gary Taubes), about how the low fat diet maybe isn't such a good idea and how the Atkins diet is great. (The Atkins diet is all protein; lots of meat, a little vegetables and no fruit - many doctors say that's it's not just unhealthy but even dangerous).
Washington Post offers another story, a Experts Declare Story Low on Saturated Facts. Many sources that Taubes talked to too tells that he just ignored them because what they said because it didn't fit his idea. Or they were surprised about his conclusions from what they told him.
The whole article goes like:
Research project a showed that a low fat diet works.
[details about it, references to the scientific basis and the credentials of the people behind and maybe a short interview].
Comment from Taubas: Yeah, well. I don't think that guy is really a scientist. Or I don't like that guy.. or I think he just made that up.
Yes, he really does suggest that...
"Frankly, I think Fleming made it [the data] up," Taubes said. (Fleming said that is unequivocally wrong. "I wish the results were perfect," he said when told Taubes' reaction. "Fortunately, they are not...This was the research that we did here." His editor, cardiologist Ezra Amsterdam, said that the paper was peer-reviewed and is a very solid study.)
But that is how Taubes said that data like this make him feel. He said that he "doesn't trust Fleming."
"That's my gut feeling," he said. "My 20 years in the business."
And then he catches himself.
"I know," he said. "I sound like if somebody finds something I believe in, then I don't question it.