Chowing Down On Meat, Dairy Alters Gut Bacteria Within 24 Hours, Duke University, Harvard University, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) And Boston Children's Hospital Study

Published: Dec 13, 2013

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The types of bacteria in your gut today may be different tomorrow, depending on what kinds of food you eat, a new study suggests. In the study, participants who switched from their normal diet to eating only animal products, including meat, cheese and eggs, saw their gut bacteria change rapidly within one day. While the participants were on the animal-based diet, there was an increase within their guts in the types of bacteria that can tolerate bile (a fluid produced by the liver that helps break down fat), and a decrease in bacteria called Firmicutes, which break down plant carbohydrates.

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