Researchers have been able to link certain foods to health as well as certain microbes to certain foods, but making the jump from microbes straight to health isn’t fully established, writes Maanvi Singh at NPR’s the Salt blog. Still, she wonders whether there might be some foods that promote microbiome health.

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