From the author of Identically Different comes a new look at nutritional health, showing us that breakthrough research on microbiomes—the microbes in our stomachs—could hold the key to healthy, balanced diets.
What should we eat? It’s a simple and fundamental question that still bewilders us, despite a seemingly infinite amount of available information on which foods are best for our bodies. Scientists, dieticians, and even governments regularly publish research on the dangers of too much fat and sugar, as well as on the benefits of exercise, and yet the global obesity crisis is only worsening. Most diet plans prove to be only short-term solutions, and few strategies work for everyone. Why can one person eat a certain meal and gain weight while another eating the same meal drops pounds? Part of the truth lies in genetics, but more and more scientists are finding that the answer isn’t so much what we put into our stomachs but rather the essential digestive microbes already in them.
Drawing on the latest science and pioneering research, The Diet Myth explores the hidden world of the microbiome and demystifies the common misconceptions about fat, calories, vitamins, and nutrients. Dr. Tim Spector shows us that only by understanding what makes our own personal microbes tick and interact can we overcome the confusion of modern nutrition, allowing us to regain natural balance in our bodies. Mixing cutting-edge discoveries, illuminating science, and his own case studies, Spector reveals why we should abandon fads and instead embrace diversity for a balanced diet, a healthy stomach, and a nourished body.
|Publisher:||Blackstone Audio, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.50(d)|
About the Author
Tim Spector is professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London and a consultant physician at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital. He set up the TwinsUK register in 1993, the largest of its kind in the world, which he continues to direct. He has appeared in numerous television documentaries and is often interviewed by the media about his team’s research.
Table of Contents
Introduction: A Bad Taste 1
1 Not on the Label: Microbes 13
2 Energy and Calories 21
3 Fats: Total 40
4 Fats: Saturated 46
5 Fats: Unsaturated 72
6 Trans Fats 85
7 Protein: Animal 108
8 Protein: Non-animal 130
9 Protein: Milk Products 139
10 Carbohydrates: of which Sugars 150
11 Carbohydrates: Non-sugars 165
12 Fibre 181
13 Artificial Sweeteners and Preservatives 198
14 Contains Cocoa and Caffeine 205
15 Contains Alcohol 215
16 Vitamins 225
17 Warning: May Contain Antibiotics 234
18 Warning: May Contain Nuts 252
19 Best-before Date 261
Conclusion: The Checkout 265