Widely Used Food Additive in Processed Foods May Cause Obesity

February 26, 2015 12:02 PM

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We all know that we should be careful about what we eat. But did you know that a widely used food additive may actually promote obesity? Scientists have found that emulsifiers, which are added to most processed foods to aid texture and extend shelf life, can promote colitis, obesity and metabolic syndrome.

But how exactly do emulsifiers do this? It all has to do with how they alter gut bacteria. "Gut microbiota" refers to the diverse population of 100 trillion bacteria that inhabit our intestinal tracts. When gut microbiota are disturbed, a person can develop inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and metab...

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