You may already know how important the microbiome — the massive collection of bacteria that resides mostly in your gut — is to health and well-being. You may also know that this ecosystem is so sensitive that it changes with every bite of food you eat. But did you know that these microscopic inhabitants of your gut can influence you as much as you influence them?
That's what a new study, published in the journal BioEssays, suggests. Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco reviewed scientific literature on the microbiome and determined that, although what we eat can change the kinds of bacteria living in our gut, the bacteria themselves may be telling us what to eat; the sugar-loving bacteria want us to dig into that chocolate cake, while the fat-loving species prefer bacon, and so on.
But how does this happen, and what do these findings mean for our diet choices and health? Science Daily has more: