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The diet myth : why the secret to health and weight loss is already in your gut /

The diet myth : why the secret to health and weight loss is already in your gut /
Spector, T. D.
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The author of "Identically Different" offers a new look at nutritional health, showing readers that breakthrough research on microbiomes—the microbes in our stomachs—could hold the key to healthy, balanced diets.
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Control No. 1158577
LCCN 2015023976
ISBN 9781468311518 -- hardcover
ISBN 1468311514 -- hardcover
Author Spector T D Timothy David
Title The diet myth : -- why the secret to health and weight loss is already in your gut / -- Tim Spector.
Physical Description 318 pages ; -- 24 cm
Series Title Ask Alison recommended
Bibliography, Etc. Note Includes bibliographical references (pages [284]-309) and index.
Formatted Contents Note Not on the label : microbes -- Energy and calories -- Fats : total -- Fats : saturated -- Fats: unsaturated -- Trans fats -- Protein : animal -- Protein : non-animal -- Protein : milk products -- Carbohydrates : of which sugars -- Carbohydrates : non-sugars -- Fibre -- Artificial sweeteners and preservatives -- Contains cocoa and caffeine -- Contains alcohol -- Vitamins -- Warning : may contain antibiotics -- Warning : may contain nuts -- Best-before date.
Summary "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,"--Novelist.
Subject Nutrition
Subject Diet therapy
Subject Intestines Microbiology
Subject Health behavior
Subject Microorganisms

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Annotation 1 The author of "Identically Different" offers a new look at nutritional health, showing readers that breakthrough research on microbiomes—the microbes in our stomachs—could hold the key to healthy, balanced diets.

Annotation 2 Offers a new look at nutritional health, showing readers that breakthrough research on microbiomes--the microbes found in the stomach--could hold the key to healthy, balanced diets.

Annotation 3 A revealing new book that shows the key to health and weight loss isn’t which foods we eat—it’s the microbes already inside us

Annotation 4 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 his team's own 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. Countless recent scientific papers have been written on weight-loss topics like prebiotics and fructans, and The Diet Myth gathers these latest findings into one place, revealing new information about how best to lose weight and manage 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.


 reviews (2)

Kirkus Reviews 2015 July #1
Spector (Genetic Epidemiology/King's Coll. London; Identically Different: Why We Can Change Our Genes, 2013) asserts that essential digestive microbes are major determinants of body composition. Following a jarring health scare that led to a personal "wake-up call," the author began investigating how to improve his own health through a proactively healthful food plan and wound up juggling confusing, conflicted "quackery" with a bounty of counterintuitive diets (Atkins, Paleolithic, South Beach, etc.). Spector's employed groups of 50 individuals along with thousands of adult twins he'd already been studying for two decades, supplemented with his own personal biology, all in an effort to "separate the effects of diet and environment from the effects of our genes." After delineating the details of human microbe colonization, Spector analyzes key dietary macronutrients like fat, protein, carbohydrate, sugar, and fiber components and how they correspond to the accumulation or deci mation of human gut bacteria, which primarily thrive on the kind of natural, nutrient-dense, diversified food sources many avoid. Alongside discussions of sugary drinks and unsavory yet prevalent "chubby" cheese mites, Spector bolsters his arguments with anecdotes from exceptional experiments akin to his own short-lived unpasteurized French cheese diet ("to test the best variety of French cheeses to provide a wide variety of microbes"). The author fully supports the idea that a healthy amount of stomach flora naturally wards off harmful microbes, while a diet rich in highly processed food destroys scores of these organisms, leaving the body susceptible to deteriorative disease. While Spector's skepticism about calorie counting and probiotics may raise eyebrows, serious foodies and wellness experts will best appreciate his urgency at addressing what he deems a burgeoning global "nutritional disaster." A concise, entertaining book that demystifies the benefits of balanced micr o bes through healthier eating. Copyright Kirkus 2015 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

PW Reviews 2015 July #3

British research physician Spector (Identically Different) posits a provocative yet sound take on dieting—and how there is no one-size-fits-all plan. After suffering a mild stroke, he set out to research the healthiest diets in order to avoid a relapse. Spector claims that the microbiomes in our bodies are the real culprits behind weight loss or gain, and these can be manipulated through what we eat. He explains how probiotics and different mixes of food can positively or negatively affect the mix in one's gut, and why certain ethnic groups can tolerate purportedly unhealthy substances, offering as an example the French and their love of cheese and red wine. Diversity of food choices is key, he believes. Spector takes a discerning eye to how calories, fats, trans fats, different types of protein—animal, non-animal, and milk products—carbohydrates, fiber, artificial sweeteners, vitamins, and various kinds of food affect biomes, and why the rise in antibiotics, sugars, and salt in food has raised the incidences of allergies and other negative health factors. He tested many of his theories on groups of identical twins, who theoretically should always react in the same way, but don't. This fascinating work makes a persuasive claim to potentially both expand readers' nutritional knowledge and shrink their waistlines. Agent: Sophie Lambert, Conville & Walsh. (Sept.)

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