I came across an article today from the Garvan Institute for Medical Research that talks about the proper balance of gut flora and it’s relationship to the immune system, specifically to autoimmune diseases. I found this article while doing research to refute an argument from someone that the SCD is nutritionally unbalanced because it lacks starches and grains, which are important sources of small-chain fatty acids. Turns out these fatty acids are formed in the gut from all sources of fiber (veggies, fruits, nuts, legumes), and they play a hugely important role in reducing inflammation. I figure if our ancestors thrived on a whole foods diet free of grains and sugars, it’s plenty nutritionally sound.
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