Here’s why eliminating grains from your diet is bad for your health

Whole grains are important in nutritious diets. These are described as the healthiest kinds of grains since it could help promote better health and prevent certain diseases and even premature death, according to a recent study in the journal Lancet. Refined grains are the ones you should avoid. These are made through a long manufacturing […]

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Coffee drinkers might have healthier gut microbiotas, finds study

  New research suggests that heavy coffee drinkers have healthier compositions of bacteria in their guts. New research shines some light on the mechanisms behind coffee’s effects by looking at the links between coffee and the health of the gut microbiota. Dr Li Jiao, from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, is the […]

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Pregnant women who eat more fibre may lower child’s celiac disease risk, finds study

The study researchers analysed information from more than 88,000 Norwegian children and their mothers, who gave birth between 1999 and 2009. The mothers were asked about their fibre and gluten intake in their 22nd week of pregnancy, and the children were followed for about 11 years for a diagnosis of celiac disease. The researchers found […]

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Keeping livestock in the yard just might help your baby’s immune system, reveals study

Scientists from The Ohio State University found that bacteria and other microbes from rural Amish babies was far more diverse – in a beneficial way – than what was found in urban babies’ intestines. And, in a first-of-its-kind experiment, they found evidence of how a healthier gut microbiome might lead to more robust development of […]

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#WorldFoodSafetyDay: New evidence links ultra-processed foods with a range of health risks

Two large European studies published by The BMJ today find positive associations between consumption of highly processed (‘ultra-processed’) foods and risk of cardiovascular disease and death. The researchers say further work is needed to better understand these effects, and a direct (causal) link remains to be established, but they call for policies that promote consumption […]

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Walnuts can reduce risk of colon cancer by impacting gut microbiome

Walnuts are just one in a line foods that contain dietary fibre and have interested scientists for their impact on the microbiome and health. Dietary fibre acts as a food source for gut microbiota, helping the bacteria to do their jobs—breaking down complex foods, providing us nutrients, or helping us feel full, for example. Fruits, […]

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Multiple studies reveal role of red meat in gut bacteria and risk of developing heart disease

The research, led by Stanley Hazen, M.D., Ph.D., builds upon previous work showing TMAO (trimethylamine N-oxide) – a gut bacteria byproduct formed during digestion – can lead to the development of cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and strokes. TMAO is produced when gut bacteria digest choline, lecithin and carnitine, nutrients that are abundant in animal […]

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What you eat while pregnant may affect your baby’s gut

Sara Lundgren, lead author of the study said, “Our study demonstrates an association of a readily modifiable factor, maternal diet, with the infant gut microbiome. This knowledge may be key for developing evidence-based dietary recommendations for pregnant and lactating women.” Lundgren and colleagues at Dartmouth-Hitchcock medical Center, USA found that the gut microbiome in infants […]

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Long-term antibiotic use in women may increase death risk by 27%

Antibiotics have been commonly prescribed by doctors for 70 years. These drugs have significantly reduced global rates of illness and death from infectious diseases. However, their widespread use has allowed some infectious organisms to adapt and become resistant to antibiotics. There are some side effects associated with antibiotics – including feeling sick, diarrhoea, and fungal […]

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