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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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  • Kirk McElhearn
  • 03-09-20

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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  • 09-12-20

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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  • Jess Tindall
  • 08-09-20

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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  • Mrs A Robinson
  • 12-01-21

Must read for those who care about their health and our planet

Despite having taken keen interest in healthy living and environmental issues in recent years, I felt much enlightened by this book and will further change my shopping and eating habits. I really believe that everyone should read it as it’s also about each one of us taking responsibility for not unnecessarily burdening our health system and eco system. It’s very well read and easy to follow, highly recommend.

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  • Susan Harvey
  • 03-01-21

Important information

I strongly recommend this book. The information it contains is often hidden, but is very important to your health and wellbeing.

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  • judy sprecher
  • 18-12-20

Great book, useful informations!

I liked listening to this book and I will do it again! Interesting and easy to follow! I can definitely recommend it to everyone who cares about being healthier and feeling better in ourselves!

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  • Linda Wild
  • 03-12-20

Educational

Extremely interesting and makes you reconsider everything you have ever learned about food. Each chapter can be picked out and read alone.

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  • 30-11-20

Voice of reason, at last.

Fascinating and factual. Will shake your faith in Government, medical professionals, food industry ‘advisors’ and the media.

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  • Vitalija Kosovaite
  • 17-11-20

Reaffirmation

I knew 95% of it just by educating myself, being curious and suspicious. However it’s great to know I wasn’t wrong. Can’t wait for world to change. And change start with books like this. I hope.

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  • Alex Fortey
  • 14-11-20

Very Eye opening and can actually make the changes suggested quite easily.

Sometimes books on health and diet can seem seem a bit repetitive in that it’s the same Information again and again... but this book not only really surprised me with some of the myths exposed. Whether it’s nutrition and vitamin supplements and the damage they can do let alone “help us”. Or the twisted of facts by the food industry to make processed foods sell and be marketed as nutritious. The fallacy of nutritional food labels too. Shocking really. But it does make its many cases with real life understandable evidence and does it in a fluid explanation that embeds what we need to do instead to improve health and gut health. And not just for looks, it’s for for vitality and true health. Relying less on medicine and chemicals to fill in gaps (which in fact do very little compared to what we are told and what we buy) . It’s a very interesting book and already got the family to follow some of the principles.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-09-20

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.