London: Diet high in saturated milk fats, which is present in many processed foods, may allow the gut bacteria that cause bowel diseases to be reshaped, a new study has revealed.The rise of inflammatory bowel diseases could be down to people shifting diets causing a “boom in bad bacteria.”Mouse experiments linked certain fats, bacteria in the gut and the onset of inflammatory diseases.The US researchers have said that the high-fat diet changed the way food was digested and encouraged harmful bacteria.Microbiologists said modifying gut bacteria might treat the ailment.Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs), such as Crohn`s and ulcerative colitis, influence one in every 350 people in the UK. When the gut becomes inflamed it can lead to abdominal pain and diarrhea.The researchers at the University of Chicago said that the incidence of the diseases was increasing rapidly.They used genetically modified mice which were likelier to develop IBDs. One in three mice developed colitis when fed either low-fat diets or meals high in polyunsaturated fats. This jumped to nearly two in three in those mice that were fed a diet high in saturated milk fats, which are in many processed foods.
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