Eat Like the Animals
David Raubenheimer and Stephen J. Simpson, Read by Paul Panting

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Narrated By: Paul Panting

Duration: 7 hours and 35 minutes

What to expect

A New Scientist Best Book of 2020

How is it that a baboon and a blob of slime mould instinctively know what to eat for optimal health, balancing their protein, fat and carb intake in perfect proportions?

In new, groundbreaking research that is transforming our understanding of nutrition, animals from locusts to lions and yes, humans too, demonstrate the remarkable science behind appetite.

Appetite communicates the body's nutritional needs to the brain, and eating in accordance with your body's demands, like the animals, should ensure optimal health, but the modern fast food world wreaks havoc on this evolutionarily honed system.

In several landmark studies, Raubenheimer and Simpson prove that appetite can be hacked – we can eat for optimal health, for increased fertility or for a longer lifespan. Understanding the science of the appetite offers tremendous power in shaping our bodies and controlling our lives.


Anthropology, Metabolism, Human biology

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Praise for The Five Appetites
‘Raubenheimer and Simpson are known for their deep knowledge of biology and its application to areas of nutrition that are of exceptional interest these days: evolution, feeding behavior, proteins, and insects. These, they weave together into a compelling narrative that should fascinate readers concerned about the science of what we eat as well as the influence of our food environment on our biology.’ Marion Nestle, author of What to Eat

Praise for David Raubenheimer and Stephen J. Simpson
‘This outstanding book provides the first comprehensive theoretical framework for analyzing the roles of nutrition across a huge swath of fields, from ecology and evolution to conservation and human health. The Nature of Nutrition is creative and scholarly yet approachable. I know of no other book like it.’ Bernard J. Crespi, Simon Fraser University

‘Strikingly well-written … The clear language and enlightening examples allow for the educated layman interested in biology to be astonished by the enormous implications of the nature of nutrition.’ American Journal of Human Biology

‘A really good read.’ Bulletin of the British Ecological Society