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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...

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

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.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

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?).

Which scene was your favorite?

This book was not about scenery.

Was The Diet Myth worth the listening time?

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.

Any additional comments?

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!).

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Solid Perspective by an Non-American Practitioner

This is not your typical American Medical Association approved doctor of Medicine, but an actively engaged, interested working man from the isles of Great Britain. It's amazing how a different perspective can completely change how something is understood. It's incredible how the population you serve gives opportunity a wider range of thought in diet and in eating.

No foods are excluded, and there are chapters on all the food groups, and chocolate, coffee, alcohol, tea, even vitamin supplements are given space and consideration. Dietary advice from America, Australia, even Africa is given. Antibiotics are discussed in detail, and chronic use, with all the dangers and side effects are included.

My favorite points were how sanitary conditions effect health. Food borne illness and chronic infection can stunt growth and development, but a sterile food supply causes allergies and lowered immunity. Much space is also given to the health of your gut biomome and the health of yourself and your children. Various diets are explored, and the benefits and disadvantages are discussed. Cheese and wine from France, and the Frenchman's health risks, versus similar diets further north, and the amount of vegetables and fruit eaten in different countries feature as examples to demonstrate studies.

The narrator was not bad. Because I have now seen some of the other books he has narrated, I refuse to recommend him. His work here was good enough, but, I have a personal dislike for some of the subject matter which he has narrated, so I will never listen to annother book read by him.

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Fantastic book

A beautifully written (and beautifully read) book combining so much information into one easy to digest meal.

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Excellent information

This was the perfect book to listen to after "Fast, Feast, Repeat". The former deals mostly with when to eat, whereas this book focused more on what and why.

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I really liked this book.

I would recommend this book to anybody who is interested in better understanding diet, dieting, food, and our bodies.

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Do not waste your credit

Unless you want to hear about studies that happened and were not yet complete and unproven theories etc etc,,,,, that all tell you nothing. Don't bother.

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One diet does not fit all!

I’ve been studying nutrition for years (literally decades!) and found this book remarkable and more trustworthy than any other I’ve read. I am a personal trainer/nutrition coach and I cannot wait to have my gut microbiome tested to find out what foods work best for me so I can then recommend the process to to my family, friends and clients!

I’ve ordered the hard copy of this book and have his later book “Spoonfed” to use for reference. I just sent a copy of this book to my mom and my sister and have recommended to at least a dozen others with more recommendations to come!

Thank you so much Dr. Spector!

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Fascinating

The more I research “gut science” and how influential our microbiome is on our health, the more I believe it. Great introduction and entertaining listen.

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The diet myth

Would recommend learned a lot. Would listen to this book over and over again very informative

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Incredibly eye opening

This is a great book and while I’ve read MANY books about food, diet, etc. none were broken down this well and focused on the scientific results. Yes, it’s long and at times can be a little mind-bending with scientific data but you can’t argue with the results of large, long-term studies. I’ll never look at food (or poop lol) the same way again. Very grateful for the information and education in thos book.