Diet doctor gives surprise advice on ‘health food’ coffee – Wales Online

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Dieting scientific expert professor Tim Spector has revealed some surprising information about coffee and its beneficial heath effect in a question and answer session. The boffin is the founder of Zoe, a site which gives personalised advice via an app on what users should eat, based on the results of gut health and blood fat tests and 14 days of blood sugar monitoring.

Speaking on his Instagram page Prof Spector answered a number of questions about healthy eating and drinking – including how much coffee is healthy, eating breads and how to find and eat cheap vegetables and fruits.

His answer on coffee is perhaps the most surprising – because he suggests people should have lots of it. He said: “Coffee is a health food, and we should all be drinking at least three cups a day, according to the latest science. And it doesn’t matter if you don’t want caffeine, just have decaf. It’s probably just as healthy.”

In fact studies have shown that moderate coffee intake—about 2–5 cups a day—is linked to a lower likelihood of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, liver and endometrial cancers, Parkinson’s disease, and depression. It’s even possible that people who drink coffee can reduce their risk of early death.

He was also asked what bread is healthy given so many diets suggest removing it and other carbs. He said: “Tough question. So many breads are ultra processed and have lots of things and chemicals you don’t want. Best bread is the one you make yourself. Look for ones high in fibre high in rye content.”

Asked what the number one thing people can do to change their diet for the better he said: “Get those 30 plants a week into your diet. Lots of different colours, lots of different plants. Your microbes will love you for it.”

On the best budget health foods Prof Spector recommended: “Most vegetables in cans, lots of frozen veg, frozen Berries. They are the best ones. Biggest diet myth that really pisses me off is that calorie counting works? All the latest science shows that for the vast majority of people, it’s incredibly hard to do, and it ultimately fails and devalues food down to this silly number. Instead of talking about food quality.”

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