Bacterial diet management.
The composition and number of bacteria in our gut has a big impact on weight management and our health. The biggest issue is what we eat, with yet another study now confirming the diet that delivers the best results is the Mediterranean-type diet.
Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center found that eating a plant-based diet enhanced the good bacteria living in the gut by up to 7 percent, compared to only 0.5 percent from eating a more meat-centric, Western diet. Primates were fed either Western or Mediterranean diets for 30 months. One group tucked in to a Western diet consisting of lard, beef tallow, butter, eggs, cholesterol, high-fructose corn syrup and sucrose, while the Mediterranean group dined out on fish oil, olive oil, fish meal, butter, eggs, black and garbanzo bean flour, wheat flour, vegetable juice, fruit puree and sucrose. Both diets had the same number of calories. At the end of the 30 months, the team found the gut bacteria diversity in the Mediterranean diet group was significantly higher in comparison to the other, with good bacteria, primarily Lactobacillus, significantly increased in the Mediterranean diet group.
The researchers concluded that this again points to the huge impact of the microbiome on our health, including issues of weight management, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and psychiatric disorders.
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