Microbiome research is hitting the headlines in Ireland!
A cork-based research institute, APC Microbiome, compared oat beta glucans to plant stanol esters. While both reduced cholesterol levels in mice, oats also helped keep body weight down and benefited the gut microbiota.
In a recent study they tested prebiotics, found naturally in fermented foods, fresh vegetables, and foods high in fibre, and found similarly positive effects on stress. Nurturing your gut bacteria could change the way your brain functions!
An Irish news outlet covered the topic in their online article here.
What is the difference between probiotics and prebiotics?
To understand the difference, we can consider probiotics as ‘renting’ health and prebiotics as ‘buying the house’. Getting them from our food, rather than supplements, increases the likelihood that our good gut bacteria will get exactly what it needs to thrive.
Does having a healthy gut make you skinny?
Dr Sandrine Claus tells us that no one knows what a healthy gut looks like, not yet anyway. The search is still on for the ‘golden poo’, or the perfect combination of bacteria in the gut.
The MyNewGut leaflet has been ‘refreshed’!
How will MyNewGut expand scientific knowledge, enhance public health and improve innovation? This leaflet gives further details on the project, including the Advisory Boards. New visuals present the project’s objectives and outcomes, for both professional and public audiences.
Click on the image below for a digital version of the leaflet.
This is reflected in the special issue of Trends in Food Science & Technology dedicated to MyNewGut, more specifically the researchers associated with the project and their original research in microbiome science.
Journal Link: http://bit.ly/unravellingthegut