The Dieting Myth: Are Microbes The Answer? @ The LightHouse Bar & Club, London [14 January]

The Dieting Myth: Are Microbes The Answer?


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14
January
19:00 - 21:30

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The LightHouse Bar & Club
62 Rivington Street London England, EC2A 3AY London, United Kingdom
What are Microbes? Could they be the key to beating obesity and fad diets? Why exactly are they so important? 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. The food we consume has a huge impact on our health as well as our weight.

However recent evidence shows that despite standardised guidelines 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 the 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.

Venue: Lighthouse Bar & Club, Shoreditch
Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm.

*Please see venue website for admission (age restrictions) or accessibility information. Our talks may be filmed for promotional purposes.

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