More Mushrooms in your Diet may be Beneficial to your gut Health

New Delhi: Pile on the mushrooms the next time you order pizza or make a creamy risotto.

Increasing your intake of edible fungi could help you avoid the health risks associated with the Western-style diet (WSD), which often includes a lot of fatty foods and added sugars.

Obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers, and a slew of other chronic health problems are all linked to fatty and sugary foods.

Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst looked into how modifiable factors like diet and lifestyle, as well as metabolically related gene variants, interact to influence the development of chronic diseases.

The researchers set out to find metabolic targets that could be used to prevent or treat obesity and insulin resistance.

“One of the underlying mechanisms that contributes so significantly to the development of WSD-related diseases is thought to be intestinal dysfunction,” said nutritionist Zhenhua Liu, Associate Professor in the varsity’s School of Public Health and Health Sciences.

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In previous research, the team discovered that high fat diet-induced obesity depletes a rarely studied bacterium called Turicibacter, but not genetic obesity.

They discovered, however, that sundried oyster mushrooms, which are found all over the world, have a unique dietary composition that is rich in multiple nutrients that are lacking in a Western-style diet, such as dietary fibre and vitamin D.


“As a natural whole food supplement, it’s a perfect supplement to improve the quality of Western-style diets, with the added benefit of improving our overall gut health,” Liu said.

The cellular and molecular mechanisms by which these mushrooms improve gut health will be investigated in Liu’s research.

The researchers will look into the mushroom’s interaction with Turicibacter in the context of Western-style diet-related intestinal dysfunction and the potential for reshaping the gut microbiome.

“We hope that this research will contribute to a better understanding of Turicibacter’s role in dietary obesity and gut health,” Liu said.

“It will also provide important insight into mushrooms as a whole-food approach to improving WSD and gut health,” says the researcher.

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