How fiber feeds your gut microbiome, no yogurt needed
Jun 30, 2017
Linda Watson in fiber, gut bacteria, health, health, microbiome

Dietary fiber is often described as the stuff we eat that we can't digest. But that all depends on what you mean by we. Fiber feeds our gut microbiome, the bacteria that live in our digestive tracks that help us extract nutrients from food.

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You don't need to eat yogurt to have a healthy, balanced system. You need to eat a lot of fiber. That means eating the Fabulous Five: vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. Meat, fish, eggs, and dairy products don't have any fiber.

I've been on a bit of a microbiome binge lately, reading the fascinating book I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes within Us and a Grander View of Life and watching videos from Dr. Michael Gregor about diet and the microbiome. Here are just a few of the mind-blowing things I've learned:

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