A creamy whipped path to obesity?

Beakerly

As we come down off the past few days of eating ourselves into food comas, vaguely slurring ‘yeah gimme another slice of cake’ while unbuckling the belt buckle, I thought I’d pop up with a little more science for y’all!

I wrote in a previous post about gut bacteria – one of my scientific obsessions. They’re out own internal zoo, and we’re all existing and eating in harmony with the desires of these little microbial hitchhikers.

But could they be part of this obesity epidemic that’s rapidly expanding worldwide?

A study published in Natureearlier this year suggests that the things we eat could actually alter our extensive collection of gut microbiota and make us more susceptible to obesity, metabolic syndrome, and a bunch of intestinal disorders.

When the zoo is upset, the zookeepers get upset too!

In this article, the authors wrote that pretty low concentrations of two commonly used emulsifiers (called carboxymethylcellulose and polysorbate-80) could cause low-grade inflammation, metabolic…

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