Real Health Podcast: Why Tim Spector’s Everything You’ve Been Told About Food Is Wrong


Since we were young, many of us have been taught that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. But what if our opinions about breakfast or food in general are wrong?

Joining me on this week’s episode of Real Health is author and professor of genetic epidemiology Tim Spector.

Tim is one of the world’s leading scientists in the field of food and nutrition. His book Spoon-Fed: Why Almost Everything We’ve Been Told About Food Is Wrong seeks to debunk the myths and rules surrounding food that have been accepted in society for decades.

Tim says even as people got older, the idea that breakfast was the meal not to be missed stuck. We were told that skipping breakfast could lead to weight gain and overeating. What Tim says is completely wrong: “There is no evidence that skipping breakfast is bad for you.

There is mounting evidence that for many people, not all, but many people (sic), skipping breakfast is a way to lose weight and improve metabolism. We also know it can help your gut microbes too.”

We also talk about obesity and fasting, something Tim says he does about twice a week.

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The Real Health Podcast is in partnership with Laya Healthcare. Real Health Podcast: Why Tim Spector’s Everything You’ve Been Told About Food Is Wrong

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