At this point, we don’t know exactly what characterizes the obese microbiome. However, it could be argued that we don’t really need to establish exactly which phyla and species of microbes that play a key role in obesity. Certainly, having more knowledge about the obese microbiome and the role of specific gut microbes in obesity would help us develop probiotics (beneficial bacteria), prebiotics (food ingredients that boost the growth of beneficial bacteria), synbiotics
Are Gut Bacteria Making You Fat? Part IV: Wrapping it Up
About the Author: Eirik Garnas
Eirik Garnas is a nutritionist (B.Sc. in Public Nutrition, M.Sc. in Clinical Nutrition), science writer, personal trainer, and health coach. He has several years’ experience with health/nutrition coaching and personal training and has written for a variety of health and fitness magazines and websites. On his website, Darwinian-Medicine.com, Eirik seeks to bridge the gap between evolutionary science and medicine and locate the true causes of various diseases and health problems.