GUT BACTERIA CAN BE AFFECTED BY HIGH-FAT DIETS

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"They claim to have more helpful gut bacteria than any other palace in town."

Over 300 different kinds of bacteria with nearly 2 million genes live inside our guts, together they make up what is known as the microbiome of our stomachs. These bacteria have a huge impact on our well-being. They affect everything from our metabolism to our mood and immune systems.

A recent study has been published by the Gut Medical Journal which has found that a diet high in fat can be linked to unwanted changes in the bacteria of the gut which can lead to negative health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. In the study is was shown that those participants who ate a high-fat diet had a decrease in beneficial bacteria which helps regulate inflammation in the body and protect cells that line our intestines.

A professor at the Colorado State University suggests the study’s findings are not very unexpected as the beneficial bacteria in our gut need carbohydrates to sustain the energy that is used to help maintain a positive function in our bodies. While there are a few inconsistencies in the study including factors such as age, weight loss, and the fact that the microbiome of all human beings vary from each individual; it is proven that there are various aspects that may affect the diversity and benefits of each person’s gut bacteria.

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/health-news/can-a-high-fat-diet-change-your-microbiome#Many-factors-affect-gut-bacteria

https://gut.bmj.com/content/early/2019/01/18/gutjnl-2018-317609

https://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/qa/what-are-gut-bacteria

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