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Widely used food additive promotes colitis, obesity and metabolic syndrome, research shows

, which are added to most to aid texture and extend shelf life, can alter the composition and localization to induce intestinal inflammation that promotes the development of and , new research shows.

Gut Microbiota
This photo shows bacteria that are present deeper in the mucus layer that lines the intestine and closer to the epithelium than they should be.
Credit:Dr. Benoit Chassaing


Benoit Chassaing, Omry Koren, Julia K. Goodrich, Angela C. Poole, , Ruth E. Ley, Andrew T. Gewirtz,Dietary emulsifiers impact the mouse gut microbiota promoting colitis and metabolic syndrome, Nature (2015) doi: 10.1038/nature14232

This study was funded by the National Institutes of Health and Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.

Georgia State University