Learn about Gut Flora from research on Hadza Tribe in Tanzania

19 Apr

In Western Tanzania tribes of wandering foragers called Hadza eat a diet of roots, berries, and game. According to a new study, their guts are home to a microbial community unlike anything that’s been seen before in a modern human population — providing, perhaps, a snapshot of what the human gut microbiome looked like before our ancestors figured out how to farm about 12,000 years ago.

“There have been relatively few studies of gut microbiota among humans eating pre-industrial diets, relative to humans eating post-industrial ones,” said Lawrence David, a microbiologist from Duke University, who was not a part of the study. The new study, published today in Nature Communications, is timely and important, David says, because it provides a snapshot of pre-industrial human’s gut microbiota. It also indicates that the ecosystem in our guts adapts not only to our diets but to the environments we live in… read more

http://www.wired.com/2014/04/hadza-hunter-gatherer-gut-microbiome/

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