Ice cream and peanut butter cause gut inflammation
Ice cream and peanut butter cause gut inflammation, according to new research presented at Digestive Disease Week.
Some food additives found in processed foods like ice cream and peanut butter change gut bacteria. These changes cause inflammation in the intestines, which promote chronic diseases.
In the study, the researchers looked at ingredients called emulsifiers, which are in many processed foods to change texture and improve shelf life.
The researchers simulated a human intestinal tract with lab equipment. They added two emulsifiers carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) and polysorbate-80 (P80) to the gut simulation.
Adding the emulsifiers to the model increased the gut inflammation marker, said study co-author Benoit Chassaing, an assistant professor of biomedical science at Georgia State University.
The researchers then took the altered gut bacteria and implanted it into mice that didn’t have gut bacteria. The mice also developed inflammation in the intestines and showed the beginning signs of metabolic syndrome, which is a group of conditions that include, high blood pressure, obesity, and more.
The study shows that emulsifiers affect gut bacteria, Chassaing said. However, it is not clear yet whether the same effects apply to humans. The scientists are planning studies to confirm the effects of emulsifiers in humans.
The study showing that foods like ice cream and peanut butter cause gut inflammation was reported by Live Science.
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2. “Why Processed Foods May Promote Gut Inflammation.” LiveScience. TechMedia Network, n.d. Web. 31 May 2016.