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Examining the long term health impacts of the Paleolithic diet and the effects on gut health

The research

The Paleo research group is comparing the long-term (>1yr) health impact of a Paleolithic diet, highintake of protein, fat, fruits and vegetables but avoidance of dairy, grains and legumes, with a diet that follows the AGHE guidelines, via a cross sectional, case-control study.

The project is aimed at determining how total long-term dietary patterns, inclusive and exclusive ofgrains and legumes, contribute to changes in gut health that impact the risk ofnon-communicable chronic diseases.

The group is seeking opportunities to work with food companies to determine the best foods that are high in resistant starch and provide these to Australians who avoid or cannot tolerate grains and legumes. In addition, the group will develop a laboratory for optimising microbial identification and evaluation of microbial metabolites. This initiative will build capacity for future clinical nutrition and dietetic staff and students to undertake research in this area.


  • The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is an industry partner



For more information please contact

Dr Claus Christophersen
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5278

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