Junk Food Might Be Destroying Ancient Beneficial Gut Bacteria

Pic: Evan-Amos (CC)

Pic: Evan-Amos (CC)

Could we be carpet bombing our bacterial allies with Twinkies, french fries, and other examples of Western junk food? Maybe so, and it might be making us obese.

Via Next Nature:

It’s an old axe that you are what you eat, but a growing body of evidence suggests that, in terms of our gut bacteria, it’s really true. Recent research shows that the standard ‘Western’ diet high in animal fat, sugars, and refined carbohydrates fundamentally alters the bacterial ecosystem in our intestines. The bacteria that thrive in the house that McDonald’s built are not only associated with obesity, but may actually excrete waste compounds that cause obesity.

So, what’s an overweight person to do? If they’ve still got healthy bacteria lurking around, a switch to whole grains, fruits and vegetables will do the trick. The truly desperate – those who find losing weight to be nigh impossible – they can try a fecal transplant from a skinny person. Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. However, as the Western-style diet spreads, we may be experiencing a hidden mass extinction. French fries and candy bars are destroying the habitat of friendly bacteria that evolved with humans for millions of years.

Read the rest at Next Nature.

9 Comments on "Junk Food Might Be Destroying Ancient Beneficial Gut Bacteria"

  1. JoiquimCouteau | Jan 3, 2014 at 6:47 pm |

    Eat shit.

  2. Tchoutoye | Jan 3, 2014 at 8:22 pm |

    If a diet high on animal fat is good enough for babies, Inuit and Serengeti herders then it can’t be all that bad.

  3. Cortacespedes | Jan 3, 2014 at 8:59 pm |

    I am ready, willing and able to donate my fecal matter to anyone in need.
    Personal references upon request.

    Consider it my contribution to the betterment humanity.

  4. alizardx | Jan 4, 2014 at 7:57 am |

    Imagine the next major 3rd world import … fresh fecal transplant material – could this be behind the Gates Foundation interest in toilets for the 3rd world? 🙂

  5. Taking Probiotics should do the trick

  6. Cortacespedes | Jan 4, 2014 at 8:54 pm |

    Thanks for the link. Interested.

    I tend to be slightly serious when I am not being serious.

  7. What a load of disinfo. It isn’t just “junk food” that causes this, but GM foods(which are used to make most “junk foods”).

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