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Little or no gluten: is it truly better for our microbiota?

Gluten-free diet was initially used by people intolerant to this protein, but it has now become increasingly attractive to healthy adults who are convinced of its benefits. What is the truth? Should we eat less gluten to be healthier? A Danish team investigated this issue…   Gluten is a m...

Are vegetarians protected from metabolic disorders?

Consuming meat makes it more likely your gastrointestinal tract will be colonized by bacteria that create a favorable environment for cardiac diseases and metabolic disorders. So meat is okay, but not too much?   While diets rich in fat and poor in fiber are associated with an increased r...

Could we soon predict our risk of obesity with a simple urine test?

It may be possible to predict our risk of obesity or diabetes from the urinary metabolites in our intestinal microbiota, which could eventually lead to individually tailored diets.   Not everyone reacts the same when they go on a diet. Obesity and diabetes, which are strongly linked to in...
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Diet and health: the role of the intestinal microbiota in metabolic diseases

Recent publications underline the connection between the intestinal microbiota and diet and certain diseases like diabetes (types 1 and 2); they also hint at potential therapeutic benefits based on the use of probiotics and prebiotics.   For example, we are told that the positive effects ...
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