What does ape dung tell us about human health? Gut bacteria in primates’ faeces suggests we are deficient in fibre


The faeces of apes suggests humans are deficient in fibre, new research has revealed.

A lack of fibre during certain periods of the year causes apes to produce more of a specific bacteria that breaks down the protective mucous layer in their guts, a study found.

Study author Dr Brent Williams, from Columbia University, said: ‘Many humans may be living in a constant state of fibre deficiency.

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