The nature article titled “Diet rapidly and reproducibly alters the human gut microbiome” seems to be a fair representation of the study as expected. But the sensationalized npr article falls into a couple traps.
They’ve got 1 thing right – Gut flora is one of the most important areas of scientific study taking place today. It effects almost every aspect of our health. 2 Problems…
- The lack of consistent terminology. Using the words “meat” and “cheese” to represent protein. But using the word “carbohydrates” to actually mean vegetables.
- Extreme “end of the scale” tests can give interesting results but are always compromised by not taking into account the need for balance in the diet.
So pigging out on all meat and not eating any vegetables at all had a significant effect on gut bacteria for the worse? That’s a shocker!
Come on npr – have some integrity. You don’t need to dumb everything down for us to understand what those super smart men are saying… Keep it up and one of these days we really will be thinking we need to irrigate our crops with Gatorade.