About Us

We’re Alana and Lisa Macfarlane (The Mac Twins) DJs and Presenters spinning records on Virgin Radio and chatting to you from your televisions. For years, whilst gigging by night, we’ve been supporting science by day. At the British Gut Project/Twin Research, King’s College London, UK, we’ve been so shocked and excited by what we’ve found, we just have to share our new “gut health” obsession with you all. We’re not experts, we’re still learning, so come on the journey with us.

We’ve always been fascinated by food, but growing up in Scotland eating deep fried Pizzas and chips, we only knew what kale was because we used to give it to the guinea pig on his birthday. That all flip reversed when we volunteered for TwinsUK research at King’s College London.

Being identical twin sisters, we have a passion (teetering on obsession) for finding out what’s different about us and to do this we looked inside as there ain’t much that looks different on the outside (Clue: Eyeliner).

We’re interviewing tons of top notch “gut pros”: scientists, academics, chefs and foodies to get the real scoop and science behind what we eat, what we’ve already discovered is mind-blowing and we can’t wait to share it with you.

Twins are a great constant for medical research and we became the “chief guinea pigs” for the British Gut project where we discovered that despite us having 100% the same DNA our guts have only 40% the same microbiota, which could explain why our bodies behave so differently. Thus our ‘gut journey’ began. All this research is so new and literally just coming into public consciousness. But what really surprised us was how much is going on in the ivory towers of academia and science research. These guys are realising just how important the gut is to our health and wellbeing including its impact on our immune system. They’re pouring tons of money and time doing a deep dive into all these areas like how it has a huge impact on diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and even mental health, but the information doesn’t necessarily trickle down to us mere mortals, here’s where we come in.

We’ve tried every fad diet there is and with tons of chatter and loads of new ‘healthy gut’ products out now – everything from gluten-free to pickled is in – it’s confusing to know what’s right and what matters. We decided to get the real story on what it all means.

We’re sick of being fed the “if it looks good on Instagram you should eat it” trend. We want real answers for real people and get REAL scientific answers to why we should be putting things in our body. If we can’t be sold the same diets for our bodies and we have the same DNA, then there’s NO single diet that works for everyone. We are ALL individual. So what should we be eating?

Subscribe to “The Gut Stuff” youtube channel to come on the journey with us…


Check out our research projects at Twins UK and British Gut

if you’d like to see what else we do outside our guts

Click here to visit us at TheMacTwins.com