Not the bear but your poop Trust a vegan to start a thread on poop I've just been reading this article which was on a plant based forum so thought it might be interesting to share here too https://theconversation.com/studying-poop-samples-scientists-find-clues-on-health-and-disease-96605 So here in the UK we harbour a more diverse variety of gut bacteria than our friends in the US do Some other interesting points from the article One of the most exciting discoveries was that the greater the variety of plants in someone’s diet, the greater diversity of microbes in their guts. Even more exciting was that not only were the microbes dramatically different between those who ate few versus many plants, but the repertoire of molecules these communities produce varied wildly. The gut bacteria of those who eat more types of plants could breakdown foods using alternate routes of metabolism and produce different types of molecules. This is a big deal because we didn’t think that consuming a variety of plants had a significant impact on the gut. But the data show otherwise. But we found something even more unexpected and disturbing. We could detect agricultural antibiotics – those fed to animals like chickens and cows – in many people who claimed they hadn’t taken antibiotics in the year prior to their sample collection! This means that antibiotics, used to fatten up animals raised in industrial farming operations, may be ending up in our bodies where they could potentially alter or harm the microbes in our gut. That certainly would be an unintended consequence.