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.
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The title caused me to buy, BUT...
Truth is... I found the book very interesting and enjoyable. The concepts were new to me, and surprising to me. I am not sure he makes the case that matches the title. Is he actually suggesting that I need a microbe implant to lose weight? He did make a good case for avoiding anything that is processed (but isn't that a diet confirmation?). I think he concludes Diets do work (I even think he said all of them work, if it causes you to think about what you are ingesting). He even sites the Mediterranean Diet as one that has been scientifically validated. Also, by my thinking.... even focusing on your micro-biotic makeup in the gut involves choosing and excluding certain food/substances; it's a dang diet! Diet equals a discipline. He just moves from the "trendy" form to a new trend "micro biotic" focused diet.
I thought the ending was the weakest portion of the book. I was left worrying about how I could avoid ingesting antibiotics (which stimulate growth according to this writer AND, I agree from personal experience and watching my old dog gain weight after he was feed antibiotics for a few days at the beginning of each month).The ending was WAY WEIRD when he shifted to micro transplant/implant/transferring from a turkey baster (What the heck... do I need to review this?).
This book was not about scenery.
I did enjoy learning about this man's perspective. I have recommended the book. Truth is... he speaks as if he is authority like so many and I just wonder if his position will be born out in subsequent studies. I am not a scientist, so I wonder if this is just another fad.
This seems like cutting edge thinking to me. Get it, go through it and decide. I am eating cheese, microbes, and not washing my hands (LOL!).
- Dan L. Whitacre
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