What Happened When Scientists Put African Americans On An African Diet And Africans On An American Diet

In a study conducted at the University of Pittsburgh, 20 African Americans and 20 South Africans switched diets for two weeks. In this time, the Africans consumed traditional American food — meat and cheese high in fat content — while African Americans took on a traditional African diet — high in fiber and low in fat, with plenty of vegetables, beans, and cornmeal, with little meat.

After the exchange, researchers performed colonoscopies on both groups and found that those in the African diet group increased the production of butyrate, a fatty acid proven to protect against colon cancer. Members of the American diet group, on the other hand, developed changes in their gut that scientists say precede the development of cancerous cells.

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2015/05/15/3658983/going-back-to-the-motherland/

4 thoughts on “What Happened When Scientists Put African Americans On An African Diet And Africans On An American Diet

  1. Interesting to read this but not surprising. I’ve been a vegetarian for many years and even cutting out meat can have a big impact on our overall and long-term health and longevity. Simple diets of good, whole foods are always the way to go. 🙂 What so many people still eat in terms of junk food staggers the imagination. 😦

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