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Whole Wheat Can Improve Inflammation and Influence Gut Bacteria
Researchers are increasingly turning to gut bacteria to learn more about complex conditions such as inﬂammation. To study this relationship, scientists randomized 63 overweight and obese adults to a diet containing either whole grains (in the form of shredded wheat) or reﬁned grains (in the form of white bread and crackers) for 4-8 weeks. In addition to decreased inﬂammation in the whole grain group (a good thing!), the scientists found that one of the most abundant beneﬁcial plant compounds (ferulic acid) from whole wheat is released and absorbed in the gut, where it is likely metabolized. In line with other studies on how whole grains improve gut health and diversity, the researchers also found that whole-wheat consumption positively inﬂuenced bacterial communities in the study participants.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2015 Feb;101(2):251-61. (Vitaglione P et al.)