How 'good' gut bacteria is gaining ground

Changes to our understanding of the role of colorectal bacteria are aiding the search for a good diet

We’ve long known that the colorectal region of the gut is teeming with micro-organisms. 


We’ve also known that ‘good’ bacteria in the colon multiply when the diet is high in dietary fibre and starches that have resisted digestion in the small intestine. 

However, it’s only recently that we’ve begun to understand the enormous role these bacteria play not only in digestion and absorption of some nutrients, but also in their ability to influence many aspects of health, including those related to immunity, endocrine and neural functioning.