London: Healthy gut flora -- microorganisms living in the digestive tract of animals -- can reduce the risk of obesity, a study says.The study, done on rats, showed that daily intake of a lactic acid bacteria, which has been given the name Lactobacillus plantarum HEAL19, appears to be able to prevent obesity and reduce the body`s low-level inflammation. "Rats who were given this specific lactic acid bacterium from their time in the uterus up to adult age put on significantly less weight than other rats. Both groups ate the same amount of high-energy food," explains Caroline Karlsson, researcher in food hygiene at Lund University, Sweden.
A healthy gut flora should contain a large proportion of `good bacteria`, such as lactic acid bacteria, in order to keep the inflammation-causing bacteria in check. IANS
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