Researchers Find Widely-Used Food Additive Promotes IBD, Crohns, Colitis, Obesity And Metabolic Syndrome

Researchers Find Widely-Used Food Additive Promotes IBD, Crohns, Colitis, Obesity And Metabolic Syndrome
food additiveA team of researchers led by Drs. Benoit Chassaing and Andrew T. Gewirtz of Georgia State University's Institute for Biomedical Sciences have determined that a common food additive can aggravate development of serious intestinal illnesses. The Georgia State scientists, working with colleagues at Emory University, Cornell University, and Bar-Ilan University in Israel, have found that emulsifiers, a class of additives used in most processed foods to improve texture and extend the product's shelf life, also have the unhappy property of altering the composition of the large and diverse community of microbes collectively referred to as gut microbiota. The emulsifiers have been shown capable of disrupting the gut ecosystem's homeostasis of "good bacteria" and other microbial inhabitants of the gastrointestinal tract, and inducing intestinal inflammation that can initiate development of gut disorders like inflammatory bowel disease and metabolic syndrome. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a category that includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, afflicts millions worldwide and is frequently severe and debilitating. Metabolic syndrome is a group of common obesity-related disorders that can lead to disorders like type-2 diabetes,
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