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ZOE Science & Nutrition

The world’s top scientists explain the latest health, nutrition, and gut health research and translate it into practical advice to improve your health & weight. Join ZOE Science & Nutrition, on a journey of scientific discovery. Hosted by Jonathan Wolf.

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Recent Episodes of ZOE Science & Nutrition


Recap: Improve blood vessel health to slow aging | Dr William Li

Recap: Improve blood vessel health to slow aging | Dr William Li

Today we’re finding out how to improve blood vessel health with New York Times best selling author, Dr. William Li.

Dr. Li has some simple steps we can take to not only slow down the deterioration of our blood vessels, but also to reduce any existing blockages that we may, or may not yet know about.


Learn how your body responds to food with ZOE 👉 start here


📚 Books from our ZOE Scientists:

- Food For Life by Prof. Tim Spector

- Every Body Sho...

Episode 12 July 2024 11m and 41s


Hidden health risk? The truth about emulsifiers with Dr. Federica Amati

Hidden health risk? The truth about emulsifiers with Dr. Federica Amati

Emulsifiers are common in our diets, enhancing the texture, appearance and shelf life of many foods. But are they safe?

In today’s episode, Jonathan and Federica uncover the surprising truth about emulsifiers in our food. We learn the science behind emulsifiers, their impact on health, and the rising concerns over there extensive use in ultra-processed foods.

Dr Federica Amati is a King’s College London researcher and a registered nutritionist. She is also a lecturer and Nutrition Topic Lead at Imperial College School of Medicine. Federica empowers people with accessible, practical knowledge to make infor...

Episode 11 July 2024 27m and 43s


Recap: The top foods high in pesticides | Prof. Tim Spector

Recap: The top foods high in pesticides | Prof. Tim Spector

Today we’re talking about pesticides. More specifically, about the surprising levels of pesticides found in some common foods.

Professor Tim Spector is here to tell us how to avoid giving these to our families.


Learn how your body responds to food with ZOE 👉 start here


📚 Books from our ZOE Scientists:

- Food For Life by Prof. Tim Spector

- Every Body Should Know This by Dr Federica Amati



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Dirty Do...

Episode 5 July 2024 10m and 20s


Can NASA research help fight cancer? | Dr Jessica Scott

Can NASA research help fight cancer? | Dr Jessica Scott

What do astronauts and cancer patients have in common? 

Jonathan explores this fascinating connection with Dr. Jessica Scott, learning how six decades of NASA research is being used to help the recovery of cancer survivors. New research challenges the traditional notion that you should rest during cancer treatment. Instead, Jessica’s studies into exercise could hold the key to a long and healthy life post-diagnosis. 

Dr Jessica Scott started her career at NASA where she spent 7 years designing exercise programs for astronauts in outer space. Now, as the principal investigator at the world-leading Memorial Sloan Kett...

Episode 4 July 2024 52m and 48s


Obesity and the new science of weight loss | Dr. Louis J Aronne

Obesity and the new science of weight loss | Dr. Louis J Aronne

Obesity is a physiological condition that can be managed with the right education and treatment.

In today's episode, Dr. Louis J. Aronne, a leading expert in obesity research, sheds light on the science behind weight management and obesity treatment.

Dr. Aronne dives into groundbreaking weight loss medications. He also explores how lifestyle and eating habits affect long-term health and why medications combined with dietary changes can unlock transformative results.

Louis J. Aronne, M.D. is a leading authority on obesity and its treatment. He’s a former president of The Obesity Society, which pu...

Episode 27 June 2024 57m and 58s


Fix your body clock to improve long term health with Prof. Satchin Panda

Fix your body clock to improve long term health with Prof. Satchin Panda

Our modern lifestyles mean that most of us don’t live our lives in sync with our circadian rhythms, which puts our health and well-being at risk. Eating and sleeping at the right time are important tools to help us align our circadian rhythms and reduce our risk of chronic disease. 

In this episode, circadian rhythm expert Prof. Satchin Panda will tell us how light and food act as master regulators of our body clock, how aligning our lifestyles with our body clock can improve our health, mood and energy levels and how to do this in pra...

Episode 20 June 2024 51m and 54s


Remembering Michael Mosley: 4 habits that changed his life

Remembering Michael Mosley: 4 habits that changed his life

After the tragic news of Michael Mosley's passing, we are re-releasing our episode with him, originally released in March 2023:

If you had to do just one thing to improve your health, what would it be?

Our busy lives mean it can be difficult to keep up healthy habits, and with so much conflicting advice out there it’s tricky to separate fact from fiction. In today’s episode, Jonathan is joined by medical doctor, journalist, and presenter Michael Mosley, who is alongside ZOE regular Tim Spector, to discuss Michael’s four key habits to improve our he...

Episode 13 June 2024 51m and 7s


Is plant-based meat healthy? What the research shows with Prof. Christopher Gardner

Is plant-based meat healthy? What the research shows with Prof. Christopher Gardner

Meat consumption continues to be high in both the US and the UK. Yet many governments advise reducing meat consumption, particularly red meat, due to both environmental and health concerns. 

In this episode, we delve into the sizzling world of meat alternatives. They promise sustainability, animal welfare, and better health. Buzzwords like "plant-based" and "meat-free" proudly adorn their packaging. But are they actually healthy? Or should we consider them as ultra-processed foods and avoid them?

Christopher Gardner is a Professor of Medicine at Stanford University and the Director of the Stanford Prevention Research Centre, and a...

Episode 6 June 2024 1h, 2m and 15s


Menstruation: Science, medicine and mythology

Menstruation: Science, medicine and mythology

Periods are taboo! Despite the fact that half of the world’s population experience them. This taboo has led to countless myths around the topic. “The internet’s gynecologist” Dr. Jen Gunter is here to usher in a new era where people understand – and can advocate for – what they need as their body changes each cycle.

Jonathan is joined by Dr Sarah Berry and Dr Jen Gunter to get a better understanding of our body's behavior during the menstrual cycle. Jen will provide you with her period toolkit and offer solutions to the most common problems of modern-day p...

Episode 30 May 2024 56m and 55s


Why dementia could start in your blood vessels with Dr. William Li

Why dementia could start in your blood vessels with Dr. William Li

55 million people suffer dementia worldwide with numbers expected to double every 20 years. Understanding the link between our heart health and brain function is critical, illuminating the profound impact that heart health has on preventing dementia.

Dr. William Li, an expert in cardiovascular and metabolic health. He reveals how caring for our heart is not just about longevity but maintaining sharp, effective brain function as we age. His groundbreaking work has impacted more than seventy diseases including diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Dr. Li is also a New York Times best-selling author.

In today’s episode, Dr...

Episode 23 May 2024 1h, 15m and 18s

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