|Vegetables high in prebiotic fibre|
In Part 1 of this two-part special broadcast last week, Catalyst reporter Graham Phillips revealed new research about the interplay between food and the bacteria deep inside our guts, featuring School of Biological Sciences researchers Prof Charles Mackay and Dr Alison Thorburn. They are researching the impact of increasing what's called 'prebiotic' fibre in your diet.
Prebiotics are fibre compounds that provide a substrate for beneficial bacteria that colonize the large bowel, and thereby stimulate the growth and activity of these bacteria, which may benefit not only digestion and absorption of minerals, but also immune system function. Not all fibre is prebiotic, but all prebiotic is fibre.