Should you eat slow carbs to feed your gut bacteria?

Should you eat slow carbs to feed your gut bacteria? It’s a controversial topic, especially at a low-carb conference.

This did not stop the star of the BBC show Doctor in the House, Dr. Rangan Chatterjee. In this presentation he discusses the differences between low carb and slow carb. And what the microbiome could do for our health.

This talk is from this year’s Low Carb Vail conference, and has only been available for our members before (check out our free trial), but now everyone can watch it above.

Table of contents

  1:30  Nutrition and chronic disease – Doctor in the House
  5:30  Low carb, slow carb and the microbiome
  8:15  Loss of diversity of the microbiome
10:00  Diet, microbiota and immune function
11:30  Acute vs. chronic, gut and immune system
13:30  Diet and immunity
18:45  Obesity and gut flora
23:00  Improving gut flora – feed your microbiome


More with Dr. Chatterjee

Seven Tips to Make Low Carb Simple – Dr. Rangan Chatterjee

More from Low Carb Vail

Using Ketone Breath Analysers – Michel Lundell and Alison Gannett
A Year of Self-Tracking in Nutritional Ketosis – Dr. Jim McCarter
LCHF and Diabetes – Dr. Eric Westman
Practical Lipid Management – Dr. Cate Shanahan
The Food Revolution 2016 Update – with Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt
He Questioned His Own Beliefs – Interview with Dr. Peter Brukner
The Etiology of Obesity – Dr. Jason Fung
Low Carb Was the Only Thing That Helped – Interview with Benjamin Kuo
The Engineer Who Knows More Than Your Doctor – Interview with Ivor Cummins
Healthy Food for Your Family – Jenni Callihan


  1. gbl

    Guts and microbes. "Crucial in what makes us lean or obese".

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  2. Apicius
    I would caution watching The Nature of Things for eating advice. Last year they aired an episode where they did an experiment to "prove" feeding children lots of candy is "harmless". According to them, they "debunked" a myth.
  3. gbl
    No they did not. That's you extrapolating and imposing your bias on their "findings". This is what they set out to report on. THEY didn't prove anything. They REPORTED on the work of a medical researcher:

    "Sugar causes hyperactivity in kids: A myth persisting for decades

    "The work of Dr. Mark Wolraich, a professor of pediatrics at the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, has debunked the myth.

    You just did what you accuse them of.

    "Belief among parents that kids behave worse when they get large amount of sugar isn't surprising

  4. Apicius
    Well, perhaps others in the diet doctor community can review the episode I was referring to and comment on the (ahem) "top notch scientific process" they used to come to the brilliant conclusion they landed on regarding sugar and the harmless effects it has on the bodies of young children

    Glad to know my tax money in Canada is funding this sort of stuff (.....not).

  5. Tim
    Heh, they compare sugar and a high carb lunch...may as well compare sugar to sugar. Fools.
  6. gbl
    Do you not understand the difference between a medical study and reporting on it? The definition of functionally illiterate.
    Reply: #7
  7. Apicius
    As a functionally illiterate Canadian taxpayer funding the reporting of "myth debunking" non-scientific charades, perhaps I'm not as qualified as you are to recognize quality reporting from waste of tax payer's money. Excuse my ignorance please.
  8. Paul Germaine
    So what about the healthy folk like the Inuit or the Masai who have never even heard of, let alone eaten, a cruciferous vegetable? Or even a vegetable! Their immune systems are impaired yes? They are all chronically sick right?

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