Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A New Spin on "You Are What You Eat"

Normally I write about gardening here, and while this post isn't directly about gardening I hope it provides the inspiration TO garden as a means to provide safe food for yourself and your family.

I read an interesting scientific study back in January and it has been on my mind ever since. The study was performed by a team of researchers who discovered that segments of plant genetic material were found to persist in humans after digestion. Further, the function of these segments was gene regulation in the plants, but it was shown that after surviving the human digestive system, these same segments regulated human genes involved in digestion. In other words, a plant (rice in this study) was controlling a reaction that normally occurs in our bodies after consumption of food.

Here is the link to a Discover Magazine blog post about it, with a pretty reader friendly breakdown of their findings:
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2011/09/21/what-you-eat-affects-your-genes-rna-from-rice-can-survive-digestion-and-alter-gene-expression/

And for all you gene geeks like me, here is the original study:
http://www.nature.com/cr/journal/v22/n1/full/cr2011158a.htmlhttp://www.nature.com/cr/journal/v22/n1/full/cr2011158a.html

The implications of this are compelling, and I wonder what people think about when they read this and consider co-evolution, GMO's, or even consuming a very limited diet. Inquiring minds want to know....

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