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Protein-Rich Diet Helps Gorillas Keep Lean
By SINDYA N. BHANOO
Gorillas don't seem to be facing the obesity epidemic that humans in modern society are.
That's because our primate brethren follow a lean diet with protein concentrations similar to the American Heart Association's recommendations for humans, says Jessica Rothman, an anthropologist at Hunter College of the City University of New York.
Dr. Rothman and her colleagues studied mountain gorillas in Uganda and found that they eat a protein-rich diet, supplemented with fruits. Protein makes up about 17 percent of their total energy intake, close to the 15 percent protein intake the heart association recommends for people.
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