The Diet Myth Review: This ground-breaking book by Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College, London, draws on his groundbreaking research into microorganisms, genetics, and diet to present a compelling case for a plant-based diet.
The author, Tim Spector, provides a vital and fascinating viewpoint on this global epidemic of obesity and related health problems at a time when a rising proportion of the world’s population is suffering from these conditions. He says that, as a result of the shift in our views toward food that has occurred over the last few decades, we are no longer exposed to the bacteria that have always been an invisible but critical component of our physiology.
My son misheard the word “taste buds” somewhere before the age of 5 or so and imagined that his mouth was crawling with “taste bugs,” rather than taste buds.
This came in useful for him when he was being chastised for rejecting the variety of new foods that we were putting on the table at the time. He’d explain that it wasn’t his fault that he didn’t enjoy broccoli and spinach; rather, it was the fault of those bothersome taste bugs.
Back then, we found this to be a source of considerable frustration. As it turns out, the kid may have been correct all along. Scientists have discovered that 100 trillion microscopic creatures live in and on the human body, with their presence influencing everything from the intensity of our immune responses and our moods to our dietary preferences and proclivity to gain weight. This discovery was made possible by the improved detection capacity of genetic sequencing techniques.
A dynamic ecosystem of 1,200 different bacterial species can be found in the large intestine of the average American. It is the organ with the greatest number of microbes, and it is found in the large intestine of the average American.
In addition to toxins that cause inflammation and are associated with an increased risk of heart disease, these microorganisms produce essential vitamins, the mood-regulating hormone serotonin, and compounds that suppress hunger while simultaneously lowering glucose and insulin levels in the bloodstream.
We are all becoming increasingly perplexed by the seemingly innocuous subject of what to eat. Although scientists, governments, and dieticians have warned of the hazards of excessive fat, sugar, protein, and a lack of physical activity, our nutritional status – and the worldwide obesity issue – continues to deteriorate despite their warnings.
Why is it possible for one individual to consume a particular meal and gain weight while another consumes the exact same meal and loses pounds? While genes play a role in some aspects of the solution, we have been forgetting one critical aspect of diet that is entirely within our control.
Scientists have begun to investigate the permanent residents in our guts, which include thousands of previously unknown but vital bacteria whose duty it is to digest our food and keep us alive. Recent advancements have enabled them to do so.