Are white mushrooms on the button to combat diabetes?

Incredibly in a recent study a serving of white button mushrooms a day changed the microbiota of mice, producing short chain fatty acids that help manage glucose production. The researchers now want to see whether this reaction works in humans too, because it could create new ways to help treat and manage diabetes and other metabolic diseases.

In the study, the researchers showed that feeding white button mushrooms to mice changed the composition of their gut microbes — microbiota – with an impact on the management of glucose production. Normally glucose is provided from the food people eat. Insulin moves glucose out of the blood and into the cells. Diabetes occurs when either there is not enough insulin or the insulin that is made is not effective, resulting in high blood glucose levels. According to the researchers, consuming the mushrooms can set off a chain reaction among the gut bacteria, increasing acids that can change the expression of genes that are key to the pathway between the brain and the gut that helps manage the production of glucose, or gluconeogenesis.

Effectively the mushrooms serve as a prebiotic, feeding ‘friendly bacteria’ to help out, but beyond the possible beneficial benefits the study once again provides more evidence that there is a tight connection between diet and microbiota, emphasising what we eat means so much more to our health than simply calories consumed.

The daily serving size fed to the mice would be the equivalent of 3oz/85g for humans.

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