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We are all increasingly bewildered by the simple question of what to eat. Despite advice from experts, governments and dieticians about the dangers of too much fat, sugar and protein and lack of exercise, our nutrition - and the global obesity crisis - is getting worse.

Why can one person eat a certain meal and gain weight and another eat exactly the same food and lose pounds? Genes provide part of the answer, but we have been overlooking one vital aspect of diet that lies within us.

Thanks to recent breakthroughs, scientists have begun to examine the permanent residents in our guts: the thousands of previously unknown but essential microbes whose job it is to digest our food and keep us alive. Drawing on the latest science and his own research team's pioneering work, Professor Tim Spector explores the hidden world of the microbiome and demystifies the common misconceptions about fat, calories, vitamins and nutrients. Only by understanding how our own microbes interact with our bodies can we overcome our confusion about modern diets and nutrition to regain the correct balance of our ancestors.

Mixing cutting-edge discoveries, illuminating science and his own case studies, Spector shows why we should stop listening to the myths of diet fads and instead embrace diversity for a healthy gut and a healthy body.

©2015 Tim Spector (P)2015 Blackstone Audio Inc

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Food for thought.

Another brilliant book by Prof. Tim Spector. If you enjoyed Your Genes Unzipped you will enjoy this even more. A whole new look at our lifestyle and what we are doing to ourselves and future generations.

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Very miss leading

Unfortunately, I struggled through this book. The "facts" are skewed towards unhealthy food groups. The narrator was very monotuned too.

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  • David Jackson
  • 02-04-16

Finally

It's always struck me as slightly ridiculous how in a world where there is a new diet fad every five minutes, so many people, be they nutritionists, dietists, doctors or laymen nutrition enthusiasts will speak with such certainty as to what constitutes a "healthy diet". That's why it really made me happy to come across this book. It lays bare the very narrow foundations of a lot of these trendy diets, whilst at the same time provides a basis for a new mode of thinking about food and health, centred much more on the individual variations between people rather than on a one-size-fits-all solution.

Adding to this of course is the light and witty, informative, and above all, honest style of the author. The listener is treated to loads of interesting anecdotes, many of which lead to some very surprising and lasting insights. I have started to apply some of these in real life and I am happy to say that I am already noticing significant effects. I would recommend anyone to read this book and to do the same.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Caroline
  • 02-07-16

Not my fault!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

At first I was reluctant to buy yet ANOTHER diet book but weakened by my life's slimming journey, I pressed the 'buy' button! Tim Spector takes us through a fascinating analysis of 'diets' & I was no longer blaming myself for repetitive failures. Serial dieters should listen to this; I have taken Dr Spector's advice & within days I feel so much better. Strangely though, I'm praising this book and the reading on my scales is only slightly lower. The difference is that I feel lighter; not bloated and uncomfortable; my tummy is flatter and I have been relieved of the guilt that it was all my fault.

What does Gildart Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Now I feel that it is important to highlight the reader. Until I examined the production, I presumed The Diet Myth was read by the author. However, displaying his incredible versatility, Gildart Jackson reads the book so convincingly he, once again displays another facet of his incredible talent. Thank you gentlemen!

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  • Dale
  • 01-19-17

More questions than answers

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes - anybody interested in nutrition, diet, the anatomy of the body should definitely pick up this book - especially if you have little or no knowledge on the role microbes play in our everyday life.

What did you like best about this story?

Gildart narrates it very well, not dull, not annoying and not too monotone. As for the 'story' I mean there isn't one, this is an informative book, but none the less a book you could sit and listen to for anything between 10-60 minutes without switching off.

Have you listened to any of Gildart Jackson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've not but I wouldn't frown if I found another book on my list that he narrates.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really, it's not a story... it's informative and educational so I'd probably struggle to retain all of the information if I listened in one sitting.

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It's a very well written book and Tim Spector's certainly gained a fan for his skeptical analysis on diets and our relationship with food. I particularly liked the fact I couldn't find any points that I disagreed with, when he first mentioned cholesterol I was waiting for the trap many dieticians fall into but he pleasantly surprised me with his words on that particular subject. I find after reading it I have more questions than answers but that's probably a good thing.

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  • sunny
  • 10-16-16

Illuminating and well researched book

Certainly food for thought.... and action! The power of our gut clearly and convincingly illustrated.

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  • Chriss
  • 10-04-16

Thoroughly absorbing and an eye opener.

Very interesting view into the world of microbes and how they effect our bodies. I will that more notice of what I eat now!

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  • Nicky
  • 08-31-16

Good Listen

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Have read a lot of books on Nutrition and I really liked this informative book that I was able to listen to without loosing concentration. I docked 1 star as (being a ceoliac), felt that the information/his opinion on people following gluten free diets a little concerning. There are sooo many undiagnosed Ceolics out there being overlooked by Doctors, but otherwise really good.

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  • Wayne J. Swallow
  • 01-16-17

Thought provoking and logical

Engaging science, informative research, colouring stories. Totally insightful. And best of all confirmation that I can eat the things I love in moderation. Dark chocolate, cheese, curry, Milk are all good. I will also stop wasting money on vitamins and spiralina.

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  • Georgia Longford
  • 12-08-16

very informative!!

finally.. some home truths. well written and easy for a non-scientist to understand. I have children and I have diet issues. very helpful!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-18-16

Great book

Very good book. Perfect to listen on the go. Would recommend . Very informative . Score five

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  • julie Hanson
  • 08-13-16

A must read

If you are even slightly interested in how to be and eat healthier this book is a must as a listen to - it's based on fact, research and delivered with a great sense of humour, One of the best guys to healthy approach to food I have listened to all read in years

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-22-15

Knowledgeable, informative and entertaining

First time I've done a review on an audible book, loved this book so much that I knew I had to give it 5 stars. Who'd have known the human gut biome could have such far reaching consequences. Definitely a must-read for anyone wanting to improve their health and/or for weight loss.

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  • Trevor
  • 03-19-16

Very worth while listening too,

Would you consider the audio edition of The Diet Myth to be better than the print version?

n/a for me, only have listened to the audio book, but I would say this is definetly the leader though,

What did you like best about this story?

The information is well backed up and then presented and the conclusion is easy to come to,<br/>I now understand a lot better the things that I have always thought about with diet and have never had any one or anthing to further my own primitive understanding, Thank you Tim Spector.

What about Gildart Jackson’s performance did you like?

In parts of the book it seems to be hard to listen too, but I put that down to the information you are trying to listen too and understand. I thought it was boring in parts, but after hearing the audio book a second time, I realised it was way interesting than the first listen to.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The Gut feeling

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So glad I have heard the information, Please dont hestitate to follow the book all the way through.

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  • Greg
  • 03-01-16

so much information about your health!

such a great book. easy read, plenty of humour but most of all really good and reliable data from surveys and researches from around the world. feel so much smarter now

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  • Emma
  • 02-07-16

Life Changing!

Informative, interesting and funny. This book is well worth the read/listen for those who would like to live a healthy well-rounded life, in terms of dietary intake. For those who struggle with weight issues, this book is certainly worth considering.

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  • Emma Collins
  • 01-19-16

Good, informative book.

Just the right amount of anecdotes and science. Similar conclusions regarding diet as those such as Michael Pollen et al come to. Much more info on gut microbes though. Recommend this book to anyone even slightly interested in health.

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  • dorothy Soper
  • 11-25-17

a new type of gardening

Very interesting.
A lot of this i already knew, it was good to have it confirmed.
A few new concepts here and there made it a very interesting read.
On the downside I found it very long and had to leave it now and then.
But it is one I wll refer to, time and again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-13-17

This changes EVERYTHING

Discard everything you think you know about diet and be prepared to be happily surprised.

This book is fascinating and very helpful for dispelling myths and making sense of what science now knows about what we eat and how it affects us.

There is a lot of science talk which can make it hard to concentrate, but Tim does a good job of delivering the key info in laymans terms after explaining the science stuff.

Personally I enjoyed Gildart's narration but accept that it could be jarring for some

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  • Sara
  • 03-31-17

Great book!

Such a great book with amazing information on how the diet affects the microbiome. Definitely worth a listen!!