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TIME TO EAT LIKE AN ANIMAL

WHEN LIFE FEELS out of control, taking charge of your diet can be soothing. For some of us right now, eating well could mean the difference between getting sick or not, between feeling subpar for a (HarperCollins Australia), argue this is the perfect time to copy our animal friends. “They know how to listen to their nutrient appetites, which guide them to make healthy food choices – including when they’re sick,” Raubenheimer and Simpson tell . “They can change their diet to self-medicate. Our favourite example is an experiment where we infected caterpillars with a lethal virus. What we found was that infected caterpillars shifted their diet to a different macronutrient mix and when they did, they survived the infection far better than others kept on the normal diet that is best for uninfected caterpillars.”

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