Fish, Pigs, Mice — and Gut Bacteria?
I’m Gabe Garza with today’s health news. What
if you could reap the health benefits of fish oil without ever having to give up other fats?
A new study from Sweden, that looked at the differences in gut bacteria of mice fed different
diets, found that a diet high in fish oil produced one kind of bacteria, while a diet
high in lard produced a different kind. The mice fed lard produced a bacteria that has
been linked to inflammation in the gut. The mice fed fish oil produced a bacteria that
has been linked to weight loss and improved blood sugar metabolism. Researchers then transplanted
fish oil fed mice bacteria into the guts of the mice fed lard. These mice, in turn, experienced
less weight gain and gut inflammation.