What’s in Your Gut? Calling All Paleo Eaters!


You may remember a post Robb did about The American Gut Project back in August. Well, The American Gut Project is now live!

I’m sure you’ve all heard about the importance of the gut microbiome, it’s effects on health, digestion, immunity, weight loss/gain, etc. Now anyone in America (and even their pets) can join the study and have their gut microbiome sequenced, getting a list of their gut bugs and other cool stuff. Based on this data (and a detailed diet and lifestyle questionnaire), they will be able to compare everyone’s samples to each other.

Are you curious how healthy your gut bacteria really are? Maybe you want to know how diet affects gut bacteria composition? Perhaps you would like to find out who has the healthiest gut population: paleo eaters, people eating a Standard American Diet (SAD), vegetarians, vegans, or maybe someone who eats nothing but chicken nuggets? We could even see how your gut microbiome compares to, say Michael Pollan and other omnivores, or to people with a high or low BMI,  folks living in the city vs. rural areas,  real hunter-gatherer tribes,  folks on a gluten-free diet,  people with IBD/Crohns, or people with autoimmune conditions. There are 10 times the amount of bacterial cells in our guts (trillions) as there are in our bodies, lets find out more about them!

Go with your gut, and check out the project here http://www.indiegogo.com/americangut


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  1. Daytona
    November 28, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Poop for Science?! This is research I can really get behind. Count me in!

  2. Morgan
    November 30, 2012 at 4:58 am

    What a great project! Shame I’m from the UK otherwise you could count me in. I wonder when we will see some results/research from it?

  3. Andria
    November 30, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    This is cool, but what happened to the link??

  4. Meagan Lemke
    November 30, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    The Link seems to be broken?

  5. Burn
    December 1, 2012 at 8:33 am

    The link does not work!

  6. Sienna
    December 2, 2012 at 10:22 am

    No, the link doesn’t work for me either.

  7. joanna
    January 14, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    wow this is very cool. wish it wasn’t so expensive. i’d have it done if i could.

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