Show Notes Episode 54: Demystifying Diversity in Nutrition
What is all of the confusion surrounding food and the study of nutrition?
What is meant when experts say eat a diverse diet?
What diversity actually means in context of ecology.
How it all interconnects to form a clear road ahead.
Over 400,000 distinct plant species of which 300,000 or so could be consumed
Top 4 species sold in the produce department
Brassica oleracea- cabbage, mustard, broccoli, kale
Solanaceae – tomato, potato, egg plant, bell pepper
Allium onion, garlic, shallot
Apiaceae carrot, parsley, anise, coriander, celery
These 4 species make up about 60% of all vegetables bought in the US.
There is nothing wrong with eating any of these, but this isn’t diversity. Chronic over consumption of these 4 species and their “antinutrients” can lead to metabolic and epigenetic dysregulation in your microbiome.
Limiting and increasing diversity of the microbiota and environmental changes
Nutrition first approach
Twins study host genome