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How Probiotics and Fiber Helps Combat Malnutrition

Dangers of Sugar

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  • Worldwide, malnutrition is the leading cause of death before the age of 5, and three new studies suggest optimizing children’s microbiome may be key to combating this tragedy
  • Despite the lack of adequate nutrition, mice that received gut microbes from healthy children grew bigger across the board, suggesting healthy gut bacteria may in fact counteract a nutrient-poor diet
  • Leafy green vegetables contain a certain kind of sugar that feeds healthy gut bacteria, which in turn help crowd out more harmful microbes. E. coli-derived enzymes allow the bacteria to metabolize the sugar

By Dr. Mercola

Worldwide, malnutrition is the leading cause of death before the age of 5, and three new studies suggest optimizing children's microbiome — the colonies of bacteria residing in the gut — may be key to combating this tragedy.


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