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Healthy Gut Flora Associated With Lower Risk Of Obesity

May 26, 2011: 12:00 AM EST
Swedish researchers have found in a rat study that daily intake of a lactic acid bacteria (Lactobacillus plantarum HEAL19) seems to prevent obesity and reduce low-level inflammation in the body. For the study, two groups of rats were fed a high-energy diet from the time they were in the uterus through adulthood. Animals who were also given a daily supplement of Lactobacillus gained significantly less weight than other rats. The researchers also observed that rats given lactobacilli also had a richer and better composition of  naturally occurring gut bacteria.
Caroline L. J. Karlsson, et al., "Effects on weight gain and gut microbiota in rats given bacterial supplements and a high-energy-dense diet", British Journal of Nutrition, May 26, 2011, © The authors
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