13 February 2019

Healthier gut flora thanks to food processing waste

Waste from the food processing industry can be used to improve the gut flora of people with obesity, according to the findings of a study by Carlota Bussolo de Souza, who received her PhD on the topic at Maastricht University (UM) last Wednesday. In the intestines of overweight people, fermenting fibre from fruit and vegetable peel boosts the level of the healthiest type of metabolite, butyric acid. This has been shown not only to protect against bowel cancer, but also to play a vital role in the energy and fat metabolism.