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  • Your Guide to the New Science of Eating Well
  • By: Tim Spector
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (362 ratings)

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Food for Life

By: Tim Spector
Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
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Summary

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Food is our greatest ally for good health, but the question of what to eat has never seemed so complicated. In his new book, Tim Spector creates a unique, thorough, evidence-based guide to the real science of eating. Moving away from misleading notions of calories or nutritional breakdowns, Food for Life empowers us to make our own food choices based on a deeper understanding of the true benefits and harms that come from our daily transactions with the foods around us.

Combining cutting-edge research with a personal insights, and taking a wide angle lens on everything from environmental impact and food fraud to allergies and deceptive labelling, Spector takes a deep dive into each food type. Food for Life also includes easy-to-implement action points and useful tables as practical tools in our everyday food decisions, presented in a novel and comprehensive format. Ultimately, this book encourages us to fall in love again with food and celebrate its many wondrous properties, which science is still only just beginning to understand.

Audio updated as of November 2022.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2022 Tim Spector (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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Missing chapters

This is missing chapter 5 from the audiobook. Chapter 4 is repeated twice instead. Hopefully this will be updated.

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missing chapter

Chapter 5 missing with chapter 4 repeated instead. Will this be updated so we can hear the missing information?

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Great book with some sloppy/lazy mistakes

A ground breaking & fantastically well written book. Unfortunately, on Audible, in the publishers’ rush to make it available, there are 3 fundamental & sloppy/lazy errors:

1. There are no chapter titles! Making it impossible to navigate effectively, jump to chapters of particular interest or relisten to especially relevant ones.

2. There are no references! Usually, a pdf of references would be included and I’m certain that they will be in the book. I have no idea why the publishers omitted them and I’m sure that Prof. Spector doesn’t realise that they have.

3. There’s no pdf of the recipes or methodologies mentioned in the book. I would love to try making my own sauerkraut …. I think it’s somewhere in the middle of chapter 12! But I need a visual reference not an auditory one. Very disappointing.

The narrator does a good job, but he’s not Tim, and we’ve become used to Tim’s reassuring voice throughout the Covid crisis. Again, very disappointing.

I would still thoroughly recommend the book. The content is phenomenal. I just wish that whoever had managed the Audible contract had done a better job.


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An excellent basis for health

After my own experience of dieting, research and writing about food and health, I found this book to be so informative.

It also dispels many myths thot have built up over the years, due to mainly the Food Industry whom we have relied on too much.

Tim has written this with no bias and leaves every reader with the necessary information to design their own diet and way of eating.

I have just finished the audiobook version, but will now buy the paperback for reference. And it will be well used.

Thanks Tim. I also listen to the ZOE podcasts regularly.

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It’s not ‘new science’

There’s not much ‘new’ in this book. Dr Mark Hyman wrote Food: WTF should I eat? In 2018. It pretty much says the same things. Dr Spector points out the environmental damages of eating meat but hardly touches on the damage done by mono crop agriculture, especially things like avocados and almonds. Not to mention the damage plant ‘milks’ do to the environment and your body’s microbiome as they are often highly processed. He also left out the importance of proteins especially to women as we age to retain healthy muscle tissue and bone density.

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great book

I've read/listened to Prof Spector's other books and was very pleased to pre-order this one. I cannot understand why a publisher like Penguin would allow this book to go out with a missing chapter (chapter 5). very disappointing. other chapters are very interesting. UPDATE: Audible helped me to redownload the book in 2 parts, and the chapter 5 is now able to be listened to (albeit now labelled chapter 8). Book is extremely interesting although I can't help but feel that it will be difficult for some to afford all the recommended foods.

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Fascinating and very inspiring

This book is packed with actionable advice based off credible science. Also very soothing to listen to!

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Deep Dive Into Food

No issues with chapter repeating or missing.
Very detailed look at food, origins, nutrition, impact, benefits, myths and scientific data. Extremely in-depth and well researched. Informative and fascinating.

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Chapter four repeated no chapter 5

Chapter 5 is either missing or the chapters in the audio book have been miss labels

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An excellent book backed by science fact

A truly informative and factual book, with life changing information backed up by scientific research.

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