Welcome to The Diet Myth Forum designed to give you, the reader, a voice. We are delighted with the response that Tim Spector’s book and his research on the microbiome has generated. We feel that there is a need to talk more about diet, microbes and the myths and truths that surround them.

The aim of the Diet Myth is to educate the public about the importance of a diverse diet, that no food is strictly off limits, and that our microbes hold the key to our long term wellbeing.

We invite you to share your insights and experiences. .We want to hear which key messages you took away from the book, whether you changed your diet as a result of the book and why that might be, and whether you feel you have benefited from changing your diet, . We hope that this forum will attract a supportive community to help enrich everyone’s knowledge. Thank you for taking part.

Our new forum will be up and running soon, please check again soon.

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


  • What twins reveal about the science of faith

    Aug, 08, 2016 Timspector

    I am frequently asked by journalists to recall the most surprising finding of our twin studies. The study of religion and belief in God is…

  • The Spectator

    Feb, 22, 2016 Timspector

    What's bugging you now? The amazing potential of our bodies' own bacteria This is a murky story of vast armies standing guard over myriad territories,…

  • The Conversation


    Keen to be healthier in old age? Tend your inner garden The world's oldest man, Yasutaro Koide recently died at the age of 112. Commentators as…