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The CSIRO Healthy Gut Diet

by Pennie Taylor, Michael Conlon, Dr Tony Bird 

In recent years, we’ve come to realise that the gut is pivotal to a healthy metabolism, a healthy brain and a healthy immune system. 

The explosion of scientific research in this field – with CSIRO at the forefront – has also led to the discovery that feeding our gut bacteria with a particular type of fibre called resistant starch is a major piece in the gut health puzzle.

Collectively, gut problems account for a disproportionate number of GP visits and hospitalisations. Rates of bowel cancer and other intestinal conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome are on the rise.The good news is that simple lifestyle changes to ensure a healthy high-fibre diet with lots of resistant starch and tailored to your needs, coupled with regular exercise, can significantly reduce the risk of developing bowel cancer and other gut conditions.

This book provides information on how the gut functions and what can go wrong, along with advice and lots of delicious recipes that are high in fibre and resistant starch. Written by a team of experienced CSIRO researchers, including nutritional scientists and dieticians, many of whom are internationally recognised authorities in nutrition and gut health, it contains simple, practical advice and a wide range of tasty, easy-to-make recipes designed to benefit the gut and overall health.


25 September, 2018

About Pennie Taylor

Pennie Taylor is a senior research dietitian for the CSIRO's Health and Biosecurity in Adelaide. Within her experience at CSIRO Pennie has managed and supported many clinical research projects that explore the influence of dietary patterns and dietary composition on health outcomes including weight loss, metabolic variables among morbidly obese with pre‐existing co morbidities including diabetes and heart disease leading to several commercial and scientific publications including community weight loss programs delivered online or through community pharmacy. Additional work within CSIRO has been to design clinical intervention protocols to substantiate, food products and ingredients relating to health claims. Pennie is also a practicing dietitian and director of an integrated health practice specialising in weight loss surgery and an active committee member for the Dietitians Association Australia (DAA) and the Obesity Surgery Society Australia and New Zealand (OSSANZ). Pennie is also a PhD candidate exploring strategies to optimise glucose variability, appetite responses and feeding behaviour for controlling Type 2 Diabetes.

About Michael Conlon

Dr Michael Conlon is a Senior Research Scientist with CSIRO Food and Nutrition.

About Dr Tony Bird 

Dr Tony Bird is the Senior Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO Health and Biosecurity.


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