So, there are things living in your stomach. Tiny little things, not entirely unlike the thing that exploded out of that guy’s stomach in Alien. If you’ve ever eated a cup of yogurt, you’ve put more living things in. It’s like your stomach is a little garden you tend. A garden of bacteria.
According to Nature, one of those little bastards may be trying to make you fat. Methanobrevibacter smithii is a waste-removal microbe. It picks up the byproducts of other microbes and transforms it into all-natural methane, ie., farts. According to the article, only 85% of the population has M. Smithii in their guts, though there’s no word on how the other 15% toot. Hee, “toot.” Ahem, anyway.
This research suggests that my body might process a slice of cake in a way that produces more calories than the way your body might process it, which explains why you can keep eating all that cake and still stay so thin, you god damned skinny bitch. Er, sorry . . .
I can’t wait to see what the diet industry will do with this news. I envision special dietary bug bombs designed to kill off all traces of smithii, damned the intestinal consequences. I wonder about the 15% of the population without the microbe in their systems, and how well they get along without it. Would it be possible to reduce or eliminate the microbe in the other 85%, and do it in a healthy manner? I tried to answer my own question by Googling around, but most of the links had to do with human feces, and that’s really just too much for me to take in right before lunch. How about you biologists — anybody heard of this?
Sorry for reusing an earlier blog photo, but me eating cake is just too appropriate, particularly since the Nature article also includesÃ‚Â a photo of someone eating cake who probably shouldn’t.