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Spoon-Fed: Why almost everything we've been told about food is wrong

Tim Spector



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01 September 2020
Food & society; Social issues & processes; Medicine
*THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER*The groundbreaking new book from Tim Spector, bestselling author of The Diet Myth and creator of the COVID Symptom Study app. 'Illuminating and so incredibly timely.' Yotam Ottolenghi'One of the clearest and most accessible short nutrition books I have read- refreshingly open-minded, deeply informative and free of faddish diet rules.' Bee Wilson, Guardian'This book should be available on prescription.' Felicity Cloake, Literary ReviewWe are all bombarded with advice about what we should and shouldn't eat, and new scientific discoveries are announced every day. Yet the more we are told about nutrition, the less we seem to understand.

Through his pioneering scientific research, Tim Spector has been shocked to discover how little good evidence there is for many of our most deep-rooted ideas about food. In a series of short, myth-busting chapters, Spoon-Fed reveals why almost everything we've been told about food is wrong. Spector explores the scandalous lack of good science behind many medical and government food recommendations, and how the food industry holds sway over these policies and our choices.

Spoon-Fed is a groundbreaking book that forces us to question every diet plan, official recommendation, miracle cure or food label we encounter, and encourages us to rethink our whole relationship with food. Diet may be the most important medicine we all possess. We urgently need to learn how best to use it, not just for our health as individuals but for the future of the planet.
By:   Tim Spector
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 135mm
Weight:   287g
ISBN:   9781787332294
ISBN 10:   1787332292
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   01 September 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  General/trade ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Tim Spector is a professor of genetic epidemiology at King's College London and honorary consultant physician at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals. He is a multi-award-winning expert in personalised medicine and the gut microbiome, and the author of four books, including the bestselling The Diet Myth. He appears regularly on TV and radio around the world, and has written for the Guardian, BMJ, and many other publications. He is the lead researcher behind the world's biggest citizen science health project, the COVID Symptom Study app. This free tool has been used by nearly 4 million people in the UK, US and Sweden to diagnose themselves without testing. It has confirmed new symptoms and risk factors for the virus, allowing scientists to monitor its progress and warn health authorities.

Reviews for Spoon-Fed: Why almost everything we've been told about food is wrong

Spoon-Fed is the gastro-science literature flavour of the month... We don't know our artichokes from our elbows when it comes to what constitutes a healthy meal. -- Niall Toner * Sunday Times * Spoon-Fed is a hugely enjoyable and critical look at common food myths, ranging from the claim that calories accurately measure how fattening a food is to the idea that all meat is bad for us. Professor Spector really delves into the science and delivers his conclusions is a clear and amusingly forthright way. It is a worthy successor to his previous best seller, The Diet Myth. -- Michael Mosley Sacred cows fall thick and fast in this slim but densely packed volume... Spector is great at explaining just why so much of what we believe about food and nutrition is at best debatable and at worst downright wrong... This survey of the 'known unknowns' of nutrition reads like a clarion call for change, as well as for better standards in science and its dissemination... This book should be available on prescription. -- Felicity Cloake * Literary Review * Spoon-Fed was written before the pandemic but it covers ground that is as relevant now as ever... Spoon-Fed is a worthy successor to Spector's earlier bestselling book, The Diet Myth... This new book is broader, but he manages to distil a huge amount of research into a clear and practical summary that leaves you with knowledge that will actually help you decide what to add to your next grocery shop... This is one of the clearest and most accessible short nutrition books I have read: refreshingly open-minded, deeply informative and free of faddish diet rules. -- Bee Wilson * Guardian * The nutrition revolution is well underway and Tim Spector is one of the visionaries leading the way. His writing is illuminating and so incredibly timely. -- Yotam Ottolenghi

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