The bacteria, archaebacteria, viruses, and fungi that reside in the human gut, referred to as the gut microbiota, have a significant impact on both physical and mental health of living beings, especially human beings.

According to research, nutritional plant fibres, can help prevent chronic health problems including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity by feeding the beneficial members of this community i.e., gut bacteria.

Western-style diets, on the other hand, are frequently rich in fat and low in these plant fibres. So, people mostly living in west are fat.

Scientists Are Moving Towards Inexpensive Diet, Rich with Fibre:

The notion of adding fibre to otherwise harmful foods like cookies and chips may seem simple, but the link between diet, microbiota, and individual health is far more complicated.

Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine’s Centre for Gut Microbiome and Nutrition Research are looking for this connection with the hopes of producing prebiotic snack products.

In earlier research, they discovered fibre sources that are not only inexpensive and easily available — such as often discarded peels, rinds, and husks — but also increase the gut bacteria that are lacking in obese people.

They looked at how snacks supplemented with some of these fibres altered the gut microbiota of mice and people, as well as their prospective physiological consequences. This idea was planted in their latest study, which was published in Nature Trusted Source.

In the Words of Scientist:

The senior author Prof. Jeffrey I. Gordon, M.D, director of the Edison Family Centre for Genome Sciences & Systems Biology at Washington University School of Medicine, say about this in such words:

“We are working to help develop a new generation of snack food formulations that people will like to eat and that will support a healthy gut microbiome that affects many aspects of wellness”

Mondelez International, snack food manufacturers, which owns brands including belVita, Cadbury, and Oreo, contributed to the project’s funding of identifying gut bacteria in removing fat.


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