The Diet Myth: The Real Science Behind What We Eat (英語) ペーパーバック – 2016/4/26
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Why do most diets fail? Why does one person eat a certain meal and gain weight, while another eating the same meal loses pounds? Why, despite all the advice about what to eat, are we all still getting fatter? The answers are much more surprising - and fascinating - than we've been led to believe. The key to health and weight loss lies not in the latest fad diet, nor even in the simple mantra of 'eat less, exercise more', but in the microbes already inside us. Drawing on the latest science and his own pioneering research, Professor Tim Spector demystifies the common misconceptions about fat, calories, vitamins and nutrients. Only by understanding what makes our own personal microbes tick can we overcome the confusion of modern nutrition, and achieve a healthy gut and a healthy body.
He makes a brilliant case -- William Leith * EVENING STANDARD * [Spector's] fascinating book explores the various elements of the human diet: fats, proteins, carbohydrates, fibre, artificial additives, cocoa, caffeine, nuts, alcohol (and antibiotics)...if there is one thing he is convinced of it is that the microbes in our guts are the key to our optimum health and that we ignore them at our peril * GOOD BOOK GUIDE * Life-changer: This is a remarkable read. Spector is a highly respected scientist - I guarantee his book will change the way you think about food and healthy eating * DELICIOUS MAGAZINE * Witty, well-written and broad-ranging, littered with fascinating factoids and case studies. Spector thoughtfully explains the strengths and weaknesses of the available evidence, drawing on research on gut microbes as well as his long-running studies on the genetics of twins and his own often hilarious experiments with various diets * NEW YORK TIMES * Combining...fast-paced science with medical self-help...[A] model of clear, accessible and entertaining science writing * FINANCIAL TIMES * It's not often that a book changes my life in a mere three chapters...given my usual reluctance to jump on any nutritional bandwagon, I reckon this makes Tim Spector's work a rather compelling read. It's truly eye-opening stuff, and we owe it to ourselves and the 100 trillion friends inside our bodies to read this book -- Felicity Cloake * LITERARY REVIEW * I don't read diet books and I certainly never plug them, but The Diet Myth is a worthy exception that provides new insight into why we should think twice about what we put in our mouths -- Dr Mark Porter * THE TIMES * Tim Spector carefully explains that we are NOT what we eat, but rather that our trillions of microbial inhabitants have a thing or two to say. Lucidly written, The Diet Myth provides a first-class education about the conjunction of our microbes and our health -- Martin Blaser, author of MISSING MICROBES Ground-breaking -- Bee Wilson The Diet Myth is fascinating, and I'm now obsessed with microbes! -- Nigella Lawson Completely fascinating -- Sheila Dillon A fascinating and original look at the impact of food on our bodies underpinned by cutting-edge research -- Michael Mosley商品の説明をすべて表示する
He does present a lot of "science". At times I found that a little hard to follow, and I admit to skimming the more technical bits. But the way the book is written, you can do that if you want to without losing track of the author's points and conclusions. The writing style is crisp and vibrant, with a splash of dry humor here and there.
Having read this, I've come away understanding quite a few things I didn't before, and armed with information I can use.
It's about each aspect of our food; protein, fats, carbohydrates and how they work for us or against us depending on their make up and origins and on our gut reaction to them.Although I don't necessarily agree with everything the author says his basic premise on the importance of the microbiome in determining the health of each individual rings true. He also has a wry humour that I enjoyed and a very few intriguing anecdotes he used along the way.
If you are looking for a diet plan its not here. The author draws broad strokes on what is reccomended in general and then you really must experiment on yourself to determine if it suits you or not.The problem for each of us lies in how different we individually are. I see it all the time in couples, one thriving on the household food the other lethargic and constantly battling with their weight and energy.
The myth of cholesterol is also busted nicely open although my own GP says it will be a long time before officialdom changes their stance on it (out of embarrasment at getting it so wrong)so if your GP is still pushing statins you may be best advised to get a second opinion! On a positive note I'm sure the pharmaceutical companies made lots of money and may yet make more as a spin off from the side effects.
The best outcome from research in books like this is that each baby could be tested early in life for microbiome variety and put on life enhancing courses of FOS or similar to maximise their digestion and overall health. Although we may be a way off of this at least there is a dawning realisation of the importance of birth bacteria, how it can be replaced if a cesarean needs to be carried out and how developing new targeted antibiotics might be a safer option for our long term health.I reccomended it.