Does Diet Really Matter?
The University of Colorado and the Human Food Project have assembled a crack team of over 30 experts on the human gut microbiome in order to launch American Gut- an open-source scientific research study into the effects of diet on gut bacteria. And they need our help!
By now you may have heard that the trillions of bacteria living in and on our bodies have been found to play an integral role in our overall health and the development
of disease. What is more, research strongly suggests that the state of our microbiome is largely affected by the foods we eat. The only problem is, that we don't know exactly how.
According to Jeff Leach, co-founder of the American Gut Project,
We hope to enter the national conversation about what you should eat. Our question is this: From the
perspective of your microbiome, which is now linked to most acute and chronic diseases, what diet should you follow?
In order to answer what might be one of the most important medical questions of our time, the American Gut Project needs samples from people like you and me. Here's how it works: First, head over to the American Gut campaign page and make a contribution. Next, choose from one of the many PERKS. You will receive a kit in the mail, along with instructions to follow. Then, get the sample and fill out an online questionnaire. It's as simple as that!
Once the results are in, you will receive:
- A list of the microbes identified in your personal microbiome
- Visualizations comparing your results to the general population
- Charts detailing the different kinds of microbes and what foods they were found to be associated with
- For those with multiple samples, information about how your microbiome changed over time, or compared to family members.
No worries about privacy- all the samples will be de-identified on receipt using a unique identification code. All human-subjects aspects of the project have been approved by the Institutional Review Board at the University of Colorado. It's the real deal.
As with all scientific research, the larger the sample size of the population, the more meaningful the results will be. So don't miss out on this once-in-a-generation opportunity to help revolutionize the way we understand the interaction between our diet, health, and disease. Who knows- you might also learn something in the process!