Additives in Processed Foods May Alter Gut Bacteria

February 25, 2015 7:00 PM

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A common ingredient in many processed foods might increase the risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and metabolic syndrome, a new study in mice suggests.

Emulsifiers are used to improve food texture and to extend shelf life. In experiments with mice, researchers found that emulsifiers can alter the make-up of bacteria populations in the digestive tract.

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