20 April 2017
The influence of prebiotics on overweight people

Bifidobacteria stimulated by dietary fibre

Ingestion of a specific dietary fibre (known as a prebiotic) results in a fivefold increase in the number of ‘good’ bifidobacteria in the gastrointestinal tracts of overweight people. That is the finding of researchers from Maastricht UMC+ who performed a study with 44 overweight or obese people. Part of that group received a prebiotic which they used as a supplement to their daily diets for 12 weeks. Although the number of beneficial bifidobacteria increased, no restoration of the disordered glucose metabolism was observed. The results have been published in the renowned scientific journal Gastroenterology.