Bread, fish, beans, vegetables, fruit (and red wine) protect your intestines. They stimulate bacteria with anti-inflammatory properties. The opposite applies to meat, fast food and refined sugar.
According to research from UMC Groningen.
People who eat lots of beans, bread, fish, and nuts have lots of friendly bacteria in their intestines. This bacterium promotes the processing of essential nutrients. They also help produce fatty acids. This forms the most important source of energy for cells along the large intestine.
Prevent and fight
Or, as lead researcher Laura Bolte summarizes the results of the study: "The results support the idea that a plant-based Mediterranean diet can help fight and prevent intestinal disease. Good nutrition can be important in the treatment and management of intestinal diseases. The best for your intestine is a diet based on, for example , nuts, fruits, vegetables and nuts, combined with moderate consumption of fish, meat and milk. "
Red wine also helps
People who follow a healthy diet have fewer harmful bacteria in their intestines: their stools contain fewer markers of inflammation (substances that increase in level with intestinal infections). Red wine also helps in the production of bacteria that inhibit inflammation.
The researchers used data from the LifeLines program and conducted research on healthy people and patients with intestinal diseases. They found 49 times the relationship between certain food patterns and certain groups of bacteria.
Be careful with fast food
Consumption of more meat, fast food and processed sugar is accompanied by a decrease in the function of beneficial bacteria and an increase in inflammatory markers.
The research was conducted by scientists from the Department of Stomach, Intestinal and Liver Diseases and the UMCG Genetics Department. They presented the results of this week during the UEG week in Barcelona.
UEG is the abbreviation of United European Gastroenterology, a conference on diseases of the digestive tract.