GI News—November 2012

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  • Bring on the beans; 
  • Gut bacteria and diabetes;  
  • Exploring how gut microbes react to probiotic yogurt;  
  • Nicole Senior investigates the myth that most people can’t digest milk;
  • Prof Jennie Brand-Miller on diet and breast milk;
  • Emma Stirling with the scoop on yogurt;
  • Two low GI recipes to enjoy including one from Yotam Ottolenghi’s new book: Jerusalem.

‘The 1.5kg (3.3 pounds) of bacteria that we carry in our intestines have an enormous impact on our health and well being. There is growing awareness that these resident microbes contribute to a wide array of critical body functions that can influence almost every aspect of our physiology from hormonal balance to metabolic rate, immune system function and inflammation. In this issue, we look at the growing body of evidence to suggest that disruptions to the normal flora of our GI tract may be implicated in a wide array of gastrointestinal and metabolic disorders including irritable bowel syndrome, obesity, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.

Good eating, good health and good reading.

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