Why Everything You’ve Been Told About Food Is Wrong | Tim Spector

Why Everything You’ve Been Told About Food Is Wrong | Tim Spector

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It’s a bold claim: that (almost) everything you’ve been told about food is wrong. But by the end of today’s conversation, I think you’ll be questioning what you previously thought was true and embarking on a new way of eating that’s right for you.

My guest, Tim Spector, is a Professor of Genetic Epidemiology and Head of the Department of Twin Research at King’s College London. He’s a leading expert on the gut microbiome whose work has transformed what we know about nutrition and health.

Tim’s latest work highlights how much we really don’t know about food. Aside from the consensus that plant foods are good for us, ultra-processed junk foods are not, there’s very little evidence or expert agreement on anything else. So there’s most definitely not a one-size-fits-all ‘correct’ way to eat.

During our chat we cover calorie counting, artificial sweeteners, the dangers of ultra-processed foods and how poor science lets the food industry maintain that its products are healthy, simply because they’ve not been proven to be harmful. We discuss the benefits of fasting, and the perception that you need to graze all day. The diet industry perpetuates the myth that if we don’t have a snack to hand at all times, we’ll have an energy dip, lack focus and we might even faint! For most of us, it’s actually the reverse that’s true.

With this in mind, we agree that nutrition should be at the heart of the curriculum in schools. Our children can cope at school without mid-morning and afternoon snacks. I share Tim’s passion that we should be teaching our children how to recognise real versus fake food with the same enthusiasm that we teach them to read and write.

I find the concept of personalised nutrition hugely empowering. As Tim states in his most recent book, ‘You are very unlikely to be average’. I’ve seen it first-hand with my patients, many of whom respond completely differently to the same ways of eating. It’s why I describe my approach as ‘diet agnostic’ and, like Tim, I’d actively encourage you to start experimenting with what, how and when you eat. I hope this conversation inspires you to explore what makes you thrive.

Show notes available at https://drchatterjee.com/131

Connect with Tim:
Website http://www.tim-spector.co.uk
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Twitter https://twitter.com/timspector

Tim’s books:
Spoon Fed: why almost everything we’ve been told about food is wrong https://amzn.to/2UaqYHI
The Diet Myth: The Real Science Behind What We Eat https://amzn.to/2Ipio5a
Identically Different: Why you can change your genes https://amzn.to/2UepVXm

Related Feel Better Live More podcasts:
Podcast #1 Gut Health and why we need to throw out the rule-book with Professor Tim Spector https://youtu.be/6ZVkHB6jI4A
Podcast #5 IBS and Gut Health with Dr Megan Rossi https://youtu.be/gxTt1icUpqA

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