If you are worried about your waistline this holiday season then you may want to pay attention to your diet more than anything else.
Researchers have suggested people that they should be paying more attention to the diet of your gut bacteria. They found a fiber-rich diet has a strong link with weight gain, blood sugar, and colon health.
Researchers said that fiber has a major role in a healthy diet which can be found in fruits, legumes, vegetables and whole grains. They suggest that the following a diet high in fats and sugars but low in fiber may create the risk of inflammatory bowel diseases, weight gain, as well as diabetes.
Consuming diets that lack fiber alters the bacterial composition and bacterial metabolism that can lead to creating a defect in the inner mucus layer and allows bacteria to come close, according to Gunnar C. Hansson, Professor at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.
The research results were based on twin mice studies in which researchers fed extremely low in fiber’s diet.
Talking about the first study result, the mice started developing problems with the protective mucus layer in the colon after just three-seven days of eating the extremely low-fiber diet.
While in the second study, mice’s colons on the low-fiber diet shrank significantly in thickness and they developed unhealthy variations of different gut bacteria strains.
“It is becoming increasingly clear that the average person’s fiber intake in a Western country has drastically reduced over the past few decades,” said Fredrik Backhed, from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.
Researchers have concluded that improving processed food with purified fibers could offer some health benefits. However, more study is needed to understand more about the complex interactions between food, bacteria, and host and before fiber supplements can be used as a treatment.