Weight Loss breakthrough: probiotic drinks or supplements could help keep us trim
Written By Betty van der Mark on Thursday, November 12, 2009 | 6:09 AM
Bugs that live in our stomachs could be causing us to get fat, research suggests. Scientists have shown that the type of bugs in our gut change depending on the food we eat. And bacteria that thrives on junk food may make it easier for us to pile on the pounds. The discovery, by U.S. scientists, suggests that bugs found in the digestive tract are helping fuel the obesity epidemic. The research could also open the way to designing probiotic yoghurts similar to Yakult (pictured) to combat weight gain. It is thought that stomach bugs that thrive when we eat fatty foods affect metabolism, leading to more fat being stored.