Tim Spector, Professor of Genetics and Author

Welcome to my website where you can find the latest information about my research and books “The Diet Myth” and “Identically Different”.

Both books have in common my passion to convey to as many people as possible, the amazing discoveries that have come to light during my research career at the Department of Twin Research, King’s College London

As a scientist, within the last few years, I focused all my energies in researching the microbiome, the large community of microbes that live in our gut, skin and body. Although the research is new and ongoing, we already know that these beings play a highly important role in our health and the current epidemics of obesity, diabetes, allergy and even depression.

A small trail over the internet will expose you to thousands of theories on what to eat and what to exclude to be thinner, healthier, and happier. Following three years of exhaustive research, my book The Diet Myth was born, dispelling many nutritional myths and asking how our diets can improve the health of our gut microbes.

I believe that Diversity, both in the food we eat and the microbes we feed is the key. The trillions of microbes in our gut play an important role in digesting food and producing a number of chemicals vital for a strong immune system. We know that the greater the number of different types of microbe the healthier we can be. This microbial diversity is achieved by eating a wide array of real and fermented foods, not excluding them.

I want this knowledge to reach as many of you as possible, so check this website to find out when my next lectures will take place as well as upcoming articles and TV and Radio appearances.

Book reviews for The Diet Myth

The Diet Myth is fascinating, and I'm now obsessed with microbes!
Nigella Lawson
A fascinating and original look at the impact of food on our bodies underpinned by cutting-edge research.
Michael Mosley
It's not often that a book changes my life in a mere three chapters ... given my usual reluctance to jump on any nutritional bandwagon, I reckon this makes Tim Spector's work a rather compelling read. ... It's truly eye-opening stuff, and we owe it to ourselves and the 100 trillion friends inside our bodies to read this book.
Felicity Cloake, LITERARY REVIEW
I don't read diet books and I certainly never plug them, but The Diet Myth is a worthy exception that provides new insight into why we should think twice about what we put in our mouths.
Dr Mark Porter, THE TIMES

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