A recent US News & World Report article where “22 nationally ranked experts” scrutinized and evaluated a number of “diets,” and quite sadly, missed the boat. The conclusion that a low-fat, low sodium, low calorie was the way to go for overall health. Sadly, none of the US News’ experts were microbiologists. The group comprised of doctors, cardiologists, nutritionists, and professors, all with very impressive backgrounds. However, the common thread is the fact that none of them viewed nutrition through the eyes of microbiologists, a profession that “investigates the growth and characteristics of microscopic organisms (according to Wikipedia).”
In response, the Human Food Project, a group focused on the anthropology of microbes, tasked 37 microbiologists with answering 10 questions about diet. Because their area of expertise focuses on the effects of the “microbiome and its modulation and impact on its host (you and me),” this questionnaire did not emphasize any diet or fad, but instead aimed at answering broader questions about diet in general.
Some interesting highlights from the questions posed:
Q6. Do you believe the current USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans were compiled with a clear understanding of the impact of dietary choices on the microbiome?
(1= Probably not, 10= Yes)
Q10. Do you believe a high protein-fat diet, so long as it includes a significant amount and diversity of whole plants (fermentation sources) and minimal to no processed carbohydrates, is a strategy for a healthy microbiome?
(1= strongly disagree, 10= strongly agree)
That final question may as well have been phrased, “Do you think a paleolithic diet is optimum for a healthy microbiome?” There you have it. Read the rest of the article here for the microbiologists’ insights to how diet affects diseases from colon cancer to autoimmune and heart disease.
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