Probiotic yoghurt counteracts fast food diet

Beneficial gut bacteria boost the immune system to prevent obesity in mice, regardless of diet.

The Western lifestyle, with its abundant fast food, is wreaking havoc with our waistlines and sending many of us to early graves. A high fat, high salt, low-cost diet has been fuelling an obesity epidemic in industrialised nations and, increasingly, in developing countries. While the consequences of obesity, such as an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, fatty liver, arthritis and cancer are well-known, public health solutions are thin on the ground.

A team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece now believe that probiotic bacteria – such as you might find in yoghurt – could be the answer.  Continue reading “Probiotic yoghurt counteracts fast food diet”