Over at Paleo Style, Miki Ben-Dor (a Ph.D candidate who is researching the connection between human evolution and nutrition) shares his take on Ian Spreadbury’s hypothesis that carb density and its effect on our gut may be the key to obesity:
Spreadbury’s idea that our microbiota is acting as a sensatory organ is brilliant in my opinion. Adapting it to a more general hypothesis like the one presented here says that ingesting unrecognized types or non-normal quantities of suboptimal food cause change in the microbiota and consequently in signals that result in the accumulation of fat. …
Quite boringly all this lead to the same old conclusion – eat ancestral! However if obesity is the issue ancestral really means going back just 50-60 years ago – bring back animal fat, ditch PUFA, sodium azide’s gluten and too much sugar and cut the industrialized “strange” substances that sell for food nowadays.
So no, you don’t need to eat like Grok … just eat like your grandma (or great-grandma)!