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Over the past 15 years, the scientific community has recognized the important role of the microbiome as a regulator of human health. The term “microbiome” refers to the trillions of microorganisms that naturally reside throughout the body, particularly the gut. Variations in the diversity of the gut microbiota have been linked to numerous diseases, ranging from obesity to cancer.1-3
Emerging evidence indicates that diet exerts a powerful influence on the diversity of microbial species in the gut, carrying significant implications for health and disease. Scientific data has elucidated certain healthy eating patterns, such as diets rich in whole foods, plant fibers, and phytonutrients, each of which support a balanced gut microbiota and health maintenance throughout the lifespan.