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  • Writer's pictureEduardo Schneider Lersch

You are what you eat: A Twin Study

Today's suggestion is the documentary available on Netflix: "You Are What You Eat: A Twin Study" which portrays a recent study carried out with identical twins in the USA to measure the impact of changing diet and exercise on human health. The 21 pairs of twins selected for the study were divided between an omnivorous diet and a vegan diet and various health-related factors are measured to see how both diets cause metabolic changes over the course of eight weeks.

Among the conclusions of the study, it was found that the participants on the vegan diet had significantly lower levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), viceral fat (that around the organs), insulin and body weight. The vegan participants also recorded an increase in libido and a decrease in inflammation in the body.

An interesting aspect of the documentary is the contextualization of the problems surrounding the industrial model of food production, such as the environmental impacts related to the production of animal products (meat, cheese, fish, etc.).

Some of the arguments addressed by the documentary can be complemented by the book "We are the climate: Saving the planet starts at breakfast" by J. S. Foer, which we've already mentioned here on Ruptura.

Check out the trailer for the documentary:

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