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The Perfect Diet According to Microbiologists

By admin | In Health & Lifestyle, Nutrition | on July 20, 2012

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)
Results 1.3

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)
Results 9.1

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.


WOD 07.20.12

Deadlift 1×5 or Wendler

Partner WOD:
4 Rounds:

5 Hang Power Snatches while partner performs 5 squat jumps
7 Hang Power Cleans while partner performs 7 broad jumps
9 Thrusters while partner performs a 30 yard bear crawl

7 Comments to "The Perfect Diet According to Microbiologists"

  • Jason says:

    July 20, 2012 at 1:23 PM -

    Is that the white Mr. T doing some impressive, strict pull-ups?

  • Mark Miller (M^2) says:

    July 20, 2012 at 2:59 PM -

    Nasty little workout. My legs toasted – tripped going up the stairs… haha :-)

  • Michael H says:

    July 20, 2012 at 6:58 PM -

    Mark I concur, I just did the workout at home. Still sweating after a cold shower.

  • Mike S. says:

    July 20, 2012 at 7:12 PM -

    Today’s workout was ridiculous. I’m still shaking 6 hours later. I think that was the hardest I’ve been pushed since joining CFI, likely because I had a partner who was far ahead of me encouraging me to keep going when I wanted to ust stop and breathe. More of this, please!

    Low fat low calorie diets are junk… I have the cholesterol tests that prove it.

  • Tom R says:

    July 20, 2012 at 7:31 PM -

    Just reading the comments about this workout makes my palms sweat. It makes me wonder if Ruth and her colleagues have some sort of “Evil WOD” computer program….. Can’t wait to get back to CFI to enjoy…

  • ruth says:

    July 20, 2012 at 9:06 PM -

    In all fairness, this WOD was harder than I intended. Must be the grumpy pregnancy hormones! Kudos to you all for gutting through it and and encouraging each other!

  • M^2 (Mark) says:

    July 21, 2012 at 10:18 AM -

    Not complaining – just sharing! I love getting worked over in a workout. :-)

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