Going With Your Gut In The New Year

Stephen Pero

Stephen Pero

January 7, 2021 () –

Well, 2021 is finally here. I’d like to first and foremost congratulate everyone for making it through what was no doubt a grueling 2020. I think it's fair to say that this new year should be a time of recovery, looking to the future and fresh starts.  

With the gyms closed, general bans on mobility and the rise of app-based restaurant delivery services, sticking to healthy habits is harder than before. For these reasons, and COVID-19 of course, many people have health on the forefront of their minds – so what better time than 2021 to double down on some healthy New Year’s resolutions? To that end, Industry Intelligence has compiled some exciting research that may give your next diet a kick-start.  

Increasingly, the link between our overall health and the health of our gut microbiome is something that’s gotten the attention of researchers. Evidence suggests that, besides watching calories and carbs, cultivating a healthy gut seems to play an important role in healthy living. 

For instance, did you know that certain oils become even unhealthier to your gut when used for cooking as opposed to dressing? Scientists in China have discovered that palm and canola oil, when heated (such as when they've been thermally processed or used for frying), can have negative effects on your gut bacteria and cholesterol. The health benefits of palm oil have long been debated, but research suggests you might also want to consider swapping that yellow jug of canola oil in your kitchen for something else. Perhaps consider opening a jar of coconut oil instead. 

But don’t sweat it if you feel like you’ve been unkind to your gut bacteria because researchers have also discovered ways to help you facilitate healthy bacteria instead - and I don’t just mean yogurt. Certain foods and supplements like red raspberriesGingko biloba extracts and even collagen peptides from the skin of walleye pollock fish can also offer a host of benefits such as regulating the gut microbiome, reducing inflammation and even attenuating obesity. 

And, as if you needed another reason to have a second cup of coffee in the morning, scientists have also found that caffeic acid in coffee and certain fruits can actually reduce body weight in mice by increasing anti-obesity bacteria. Who knew those existed! 

Many of these studies are on the cutting edge, which means the research is still in the early stages. However, by looking at the results on the whole, it seems that you can’t only think of health in terms of yourself, you have to be a good host to the little critters in your gut too! 

As we strive for a healthier and happier year, be on the lookout for probiotics like the ones mentioned above next time you’re looking for a healthy treat. Yes, even the fish powder. 

Stephen Pero is the Scientific Research Editor for Industry Intelligence, which can help YOU better address your own industry challenges. We invite you to come take a look at our service. Call us today at 310-553-0008 and we’ll schedule you for a 15-minute demo.

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