14 May 2013
A type of gut bacteria, called Akkermansia muciniphila, could provide protection against obesity and type two diabetes. New healthcare research suggests that the bacteria changes the way food is absorbed, therefore creating a slimming effect which could have numerous health benefits.
The study, published in ‘Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences’, revealed that lean individuals had more of the bacteria than obese subjects did. Akkermansia muciniphila has been found to burn fat quicker than a combination of exercising and dieting.
Bananas, onions, asparagus, leeks, and artichokes contain an abundance of the healthy bacteria. Mere consumption of these foods can increase the amount of Akkermansia muciniphila in the system, therefore boosting metabolism, helping in weight loss endeavours, and shielding against type two diabetes and conditions associated with obesity.
Gastric bypass surgery has also been shown to affect the balance of gut bacteria, so that it favours the slimming variety - this in turn maximises post-op weight loss.
Posted by Jeanette Royston
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