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We 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.

©2020 Tim Spector (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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We need more books like this and people like Tim

listen to this book!
As big giants give donations to our learning and science institutions we need to do more to support science and people willing to do research based on our diets and foods as we all know or now we know

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Every adult should read this book

Learnt a lot about food by reading this book. All the lessons are simple and common sense but so much of what we are taught and told contradicts this.

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  • Kirk McElhearn
  • 03-09-2020

Not an ideal topic for an audiobook

I'm only halfway through this book, but it's clear that this is not a book that should be listened to, but should be read. There's a lot of information being given in each chapter, and hearing all this spoken means that in just goes by too quickly. I know a fair bit about this topic, having read several books, including the author's previous book, but I'm pretty much lost in this one. Spector seems to contradict himself from chapter to chapter, and makes some claims that I find surprising. For example, he says that no serious researcher believes the hypothesis that cholesterol causes heart disease any more; yet every GP tests for cholesterol, and millions of people, in the UK alone, take statins.

The biggest problem is the strident narration that sounds like the person is telling me off. It's aggressive, and the tone is not at all helpful, but rather insistent. Because of this tone, the content is colored in a way that may be influencing how I perceive the book, but overall, I'm just not convinced by the many studies the author cites (as in most books of this type, about half the content is citing the results of studies, counter-studies, and counter-counter-studies).

In addition, the author says in the introduction that most authors of books about food and diet are hawking something, but he, too, is hawking a service that will soon be available from his company. I had a lot of respect for the author before, but I have much less respect for him now.

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  • Jess Tindall
  • 08-09-2020

Rather similar to "The diet myth"

I would not have purchased this audio book had I realised how similar it was to Tim Spector's other book. I did enjoy the message but much of it was now familiar.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-03-2021

Delivery spoils the message

The monotonous hectoring narration made the interesting content sound dull and me miserable not inspired.

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  • LO
  • 09-12-2020

Very informative

Very interesting. Gave me a lot to think about and consider. A lot of research has gone into this book, making it easier to make better food choices.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-01-2021

A brilliant overview of our modern food system

I would have preferred if it had been narrated by the author and there are a few points I would challenge, however overall a brilliant overview and insight into food, health and the systems that control them.
He makes some interesting observations on the state of medical training for nutrition, questions why healthy food such as fruit and veg are not subsidised, looks at the broad impact of our diets on our microbiome and mental health amoung other things. Some interesting points on how healthy alternative meat analogues really are, as well as fish. The supplement and bottled water industry are also tackled, as well as pesticides and he touches on the environmental impact of food systems. At times I found it a little elitist and middle class, but towards the end of the book he does start to tone down the messages of buying healthier generally more expensive and less convenient food, by putting the burden on the government to subsidise healthy food and challenges health professionals to be more aware of what modern healthy eating should be.
The author does brilliantly put the weight of evidence through the wringer for most things but seems to skip over it when it suits the point he is trying to make, especially when there is not a lot of research in an area, and I did sometimes get the feeling he was quite contrary and just against everything and would use anything to support the current argument he is trying to make, although I suspect he knows better.
Finally he is very anti the food industry and makes some very good arguments for why this is the case, however if he really wants to make a change he should work with them not against them.
A brilliant book though and everyone should read it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-04-2021

Likely the most important book you'll read to date

I can't rate this book highly enough. it can be a bit dry with all the stats etc, but it's much easier to listen to than to read yourself. But the information is second to none. This is the most important book you will have read to date, and may be for some time, until Tim brings out another... thank you Tim! for a microbiome world I knew nothing about

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  • Amazon Customer David
  • 02-04-2021

A must read Book.

If want help on understanding what food and drink you should be consuming.
This book will help you.

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  • K. Caun
  • 31-03-2021

Great overview of up to scientific food knowledge

Everyone would benefit from the extensive, entertaining yet fact based, myth busting information in this book

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  • Allan Paterson
  • 27-03-2021

Significant Diet Guide

This is superb, probably the best diet guide you will ever read along with "The Diet Myth" by the same author.

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  • H. Thomas
  • 28-02-2021

Very good information about nutrition

Good narrator. The book is written in a way that is easy to follow

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