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  • Do Gut Bacteria Rule Our Minds? In An Ecosystem Within Us, Microbes Evolved To Sway Food Choices

    08/17/2014 1:16:17 AM PDT · by zeestephen · 38 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 15 August 2014
    It sounds like science fiction, but it seems that bacteria within us - which outnumber our own cells about 100-fold - may very well be affecting both our cravings and moods to get us to eat what they want, and often are driving us toward obesity.
  • Have We Been Miscounting Calories?

    02/27/2013 2:42:55 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 19 February 2013 | Ann Gibbons
    Enlarge Image Counting calories. Our bodies may take more energy to process the carbohydrates in garbanzo beans than in cereal, which suggests all carbohydrate calories are not alike. Credit: iStockphoto/Thinkstock BOSTON—When it comes to weight loss, a calorie is a calorie is a calorie. That's been the mantra of nutritionists, dietitians, and food regulators in the United States and Europe for more than a century. But when it comes to comparing raw food with cooked food, or beans with breakfast cereals, that thinking may be incorrect. That was the consensus of a panel of researchers who listed the many...
  • Gut bacteria may affect cardiovascular risk

    12/10/2012 7:22:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies
    ScienceNews ^ | December 4, 2012 | Tina Hesman Saey
    Antioxidant-producing microbes may keep atherosclerotic plaques in place Though atherosclerosis is an artery problem, microscopic denizens of the intestines may play a surprising role in how the disease plays out. A new study suggests that different mixes of intestinal microbes may determine whether people will have heart attacks or strokes brought on by break-away plaque from the arteries. Compared with healthy people, heart disease patients who have had strokes or other complications of atherosclerosis carry fewer microbes that make anti-inflammatory compounds. These patients also have more bacteria that produce inflammation-triggering molecules, researchers report online December 4 in Nature Communications. Inflammation...