This was the current event we did today:
It incorporates lots of good topics like symbiosis, adaptation of species, and the rapid genetic change of microbes.
I try to talk to my kids frequently about nutrition, but it seems like every five minutes the word on the street about what is healthy changes. I thought this article was an interesting take on probiotics because it seems to make more sense from a biological perspective than a lot of what you hear. And it also recommends my personal distillation of all health advice ever, “eat your vegetables.” (Confirmation bias, yes I know. )
The research discussed said that what was important for a healthy digestive system (more important than adding new probiotics to it through supplements or fermented foods) was what you feed your existing microbiome. And what they eat is fiber.
I find this ironic given the popularity of the Paleo diet, which turns out to be not very Paleo at all. A typical “caveman” was probably mostly vegetarian.
Because the genetic makeup of populations of microbes can change so quickly, what you eat can have a big impact on the adaptation of your personal population of a particular strain of microbes.
This article also wins for the most disgusting sounding recipe I’ve seen this week.