Felicity Cloake

The Mighty Microbe

The Diet Myth: The Real Science Behind What We Eat

By Tim Spector

Weidenfeld & Nicolson 318pp £14.99 order from our bookshop

It’s not often a book changes my life in a mere three chapters, but a quarter of the way through The Diet Myth I went out to buy some natural yoghurt for breakfast. A hundred pages or so later, on learning of the benefits of intermittent fasting, I decided to have it for lunch instead.

Given my usual reluctance to jump on any passing nutritional bandwagon, I reckon this makes Tim Spector’s work a rather compelling read – the more so since, unlike many of the current crop of shiny-haired and dewy-skinned ‘nutrition experts’, he is a professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London and has over seven hundred academic papers to his name. Even more reassuringly

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