While we have known for a while that a diet consisting of fiber-rich foods reduces the risk of developing chronic diseases and lowers people’s mortality rate, scientists have only recently started elucidating why fiber is beneficial for human health. This article clarifies the definition and health implications of the closely related terms fiber, MACs and prebiotics.
The gut microbiome is a potential target of interest for scientists in managing obesity and related metabolic diseases. Scientists have isolated a new-bacterium highly prevalent in the human gut and showing benefits for host metabolism.
The gut microbiota has emerged as a potential target in managing stroke. New observational findings in Chinese patients with acute ischemic stroke found reduced short-chain fatty acid levels are associated with an increased risk of 90-day poor functional outcomes.