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Everything "rots" in your colon, and it's not a bad thing at all

 The internet is full of vegetarian and vegan websites claiming meat is bad because it "rots" in your colon. This is actually a very old idea, tracing back in the United States to neo-puritan vegetarian movements obsessed with the uncleanliness of the colon. According to folks like John Harvey Kellogg, the colon, like the genitalia, was a source of uncleanliness, so it must be bombarded by as much harsh fiber as possible and regular enemas to keep it "clean."

The Human Colon in Evolution: Part 3, Creepy Crawlies in the Gut

 The fact that humans cannot digest certain fibers and starches in the diet does not mean they are nothing but bulking matter. In the scientific world, more and more research focus has been on the fact that these seemingly indigestible ingredients actually are often digested in the human body, just not by human enzymes. Instead, they are digested by human gut bacteria.

Human Fail

Doesn't anyone else notice that as major nutritional breakthroughs are made, modifications are quietly made to various "functional foods." Most baby formulas say something: "Now with essential DHA!"  If it's so essential, what does that mean for the millions of babies that received formula before its importance was known?