NUTRITION&FOOD Published May12, 2015 By Angela Betsaida Laguipo

Is Junk Food The Culprit In Killing The Bacteria That Make Us Thin?

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Here's another reason to skip fast food and opting to eat healthy. According to a new academic claim, junk food kills the gut bacteria that keep people slim and thin while drinking Belgian beer and coffee increases them.

The microorganisms that live in the body of people make up to 90% of living cells and when altered, it could lead to obesity, which is now one of the biggest predicaments not only in the United States but also worldwide.

These gut bacteria are deemed helpful in burning calories. The findings of the study shows that there is a link between the gut bacteria and health conducted by Professor Tim Spector of King's College London, PBS Org reports.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the book where the findings were published, entitled, The Diet Myth: The Real Science Behind What We Eat, there are many researches and studies pertaining to the link between the two factors. In his specific research, he found that sweeteners in diet fizzy drinks have bad effects on metabolism that may lead to weight gain. Also, fasting diets can help in gearing the metabolism and sustaining microbes.

Subsequently, he also found out that genetics play a major role in metabolism of the body. Some people are lucky enough to prevent people from getting fat.

All these findings were the works of Professor Spector who spent three years to sustain the microbiome project in Britain. "Microbes get a bad press, but only a few of the millions of species are harmful and many are crucial to our health," Professor Spector said. 

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