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Can avocados help us lose weight?

Avocados may be rich in fats but have many dietary benefits. Already recognized for their cardiovascular benefits, avocados may also promote the excretion of fats ingested by overweight or obese people, by modifying their gut microbiota.   Despite their high fat and caloric content, avoca...
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Cholesterol-metabolizing gut bacteria?

A recent study shed light on the beneficial mechanism of action of some gut bacteria on cholesterol levels in humans, thus exposing a new precious role of the gut microbiota on our health.   Hypercholesterolemia, i.e. elevated circulating cholesterol levels, is strongly associated to the ...
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When a bacterium produces alcohol, your liver suffers!

Non-alcoholic hepatic steatosis, or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, could be partly due to the production of alcohol by a bacterial species invading the gut microbiota.   Non-alcoholic hepatic steatosis is characterized by excess fat in the liver, not related to excessive alcohol consu...
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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 of a balan...
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