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As more research is being conducted on the human microbiome, we are discovering the truth behind the saying ‘You are what you eat.’ In today’s society it is almost impossible to avoid the constant advertisement of food. Coupled with the thousands of diet plans, all claiming to be the best for you, it can be somewhat difficult to decide just what to eat for a snack. With labels such as Organic, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Free-Range, and Contains Probiotics on products in the grocery store, one can spend hours weighing the healthiest option.
|This figure (A) illustrates the amount of microbes in the human intestine, there are over 100 trillion microorganisms in the human body (4).|
|(B) displays the functions of the bacteria in the gut flora including the protective, structural and metabolic functions (6).|