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Spoon-Fed

Why Almost Everything We’ve Been Told About Food Is Wrong
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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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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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Biast and confusing

The author cherry picks science to fit his narrative without putting it in context. And then he contradicts himself a chapter later. Do not recommend.

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Perfectly pitched

I need a pocket Tim Spector. But without him I've learned a lot. A repeat listen will be in order and I've already a couple of aspects of my diet.

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great sensible unbiased advice!

Well written, well read, usual highest standards and honesty from Tim Spector. Excellent for whole family!

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The Initiation of a Revolution in Food as Medicine

A powerful and highly informative contribution to individual health through a better understanding of food and our need for a personal, and precise - though diverse - diet. Also, Professor Spector tackles the problem of an overly powerful food industry and governmental complicity in damaging ultra-processed foods. He manages to throw in interest in the health of the planet along the way. Great narration.

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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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Fascinating read !!

Amazing insight on how society is being led by the nutrition industry - based on facts instead of marketing hype

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Best nutrition advice so far

I have read many books in diet and nutrition. I have been a life long advocate of multivitamin And omega 3. Tim Spector has changed my lifelong habit of consuming these processed Chemicals. Thank you.

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Essential tool kit for modern living

Thorough, evidence based assessment of the dire state of modern food culture. Lots of good, clear guidance on how to navigate the maze of false claims and advertising by those whose only goal is forge the biggest profit margins while knowing their products are harming millions.

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Invaluable to anyone with an interest in health and well-being.

Refreshing to read such an informative and common sense piece of work that is honest and actually based on the evidence available. Highly recommended.