Wonder drug apple regulates digestion
Study of the Food Research Institute of the Technical University of Copenhagen: wonder drug apple regulates digestion
Even as a child, you have learned that apples are healthy and who eats an apple every day does not get sick. The fact that apples have a particularly positive effect on health has now been scientifically confirmed again, in this case in connection with digestion. For example, microbiologists from the Food Research Institute of the Copenhagen University of Technology have come to the conclusion that regular apple eating has an invigorating effect on health in general and specifically on the digestive system of rats and, in all likelihood, on humans.
The animals had in the experiment in the sense of an "apple diet" for a long time exclusively fed on whole apples as well as apple products such as juice, mus or the residues of juice pressing and finally showed by the diet an increased number of beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract which produce certain butyric acid esters, which in turn serve the intestinal wall cells as a "fuel". In addition, the researchers found that these bacteria appear to be conducive to the production of short-chain fatty acids, which are important for the energy supply of the body and overall ensure a healthy balance of intestinal organisms. The cause of these positive effects, according to the scientists, is the relatively high content of pectin in apples, which belongs to the group of ballast substances (i.e., the indigestible components of the diet) and literally acts as a "bowel cleanser".
Now that the pectin-rich diet has had a positive effect on the digestion of rats in the spirit of the old folk wisdom, it is now necessary to clarify whether the human digestive system reacts in a similar way to the "magic bullet apple" - so further research is needed However, according to Danish microbiologists, the results so far indicate that the apple is an integral part of the so-called "five-per-day strategy" - an international food campaign by the World Health Organization with the requirement to eat five servings of fruit and vegetables daily , Well then good appetite! (sb, 20.01.2010)
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