Fermented foods help enhance gut bacteria and improve digestion, a new study has found. The research study was conducted on 36 healthy participants and the results were published in the journal Cell. The participants were provided randomly with high fibre or fermented foods for 10 weeks and their blood and stool samples were collected.
The results showed that fermented foods such as yoghurt help increase the good bacteria in the gut and reduces inflammation. This helps improve metabolism and reduce the chances of developing conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, obesity and high blood sugar levels. Though a high fibre diet was able to reduce the risk of death by disease, it could not reduce inflammation. Adding fermented foods to the diet was found to prevent the risk of heart disease and cancer.