Washington: Some gut microbes increase the absorption of dietary fats, allowing the host organism to extract more calories from the same amount of food, according to a new study from the University Of North Carolina School Of Medicine.This study is the first to demonstrate that microbes can promote the absorption of dietary fats in the intestine and their subsequent metabolism in the body, said senior study author John Rawls, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology at UNC.“The results underscore the complex relationship between microbes, diet and host physiology,” he noted.Previous studies showed gut microbes aid in the breakdown of complex carbohydrates, but their role in dietary fat metabolism remained a mystery, until now.
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