The Diet Myth: Exploring the Real Science of Food

By on March 23, 2019

Could Microbes be the key to beating obesity and fad diets? Why exactly are they so important? What does gene sequencing & twins have to do with it? Join Professor Tim Spector for a surprising talk, exploring the sometimes complicated world of what we eat, dieting, and having a healthy stomach.

Despite thousands of diet books, advice from experts and government guidelines, our nutrition – and the global obesity crisis – is getting worse. Why?

Dietary guidelines tell us to eat less calories, less fat, less sugar or less protein and other individual groups say our problems can be solved if we avoid, gluten, grains, meat, fructose or dairy, yet despite the increasing advice and opinions, 95% of diets fail in the long term.

Recent evidence shows that we all respond differently to the same foods. Genes provide only part of the answer to this conundrum. We have been overlooking one vital aspect of diet that lies within us – a new virtual organ in our lower intestine called the microbiome.

Thanks to recent breakthroughs in gene sequencing and research using twins, we have begun to examine these permanent residents in our guts: the hundreds of trillions of microbes, bacteria and fungi whose job it is to digest our food, produce vitamins and regulate our immune system and can make us fat or thin.

Microbes generally get bad publicity, but less than a tiny fraction of species are harmful to us and most, in fact, are crucial to our health. Over millions of years we have evolved in a close inter-dependence with microbes, yet recently this fine tuning and selection has gone wrong. We now have only a fraction of our ancestral diversity of species of microbes living in our guts.

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