A recent research study, conducted at the Center for Infection and Immunity at the Mailman School of Public Health in the Columbia University, investigated ape poop and its insights to our own health.
They examined fecal samples from great apes from the Sangha region in the Republic of Congo. The samples were collected in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society. The collection of samples lasted more than 3 years because they wanted to get more information on how the bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract shifted with the changes of the season.
They noted that there is a significant difference between the gut bacteria in Summer and in Winter and in contrast with the average human of the United States where seasonal changes never happen.
The study shows that humans feed on an all-year constant diet that is usually very poor in fiber and fiber-poor diets may promote gut bacteria that will degrade the protective mucous layer of our intestines. This may lead to intestinal inflammation and in some cases to cancer.
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