We’ve all heard the term ‘gut health’, but it’s a term that is fast becoming much more common in mainstream medicine due to the increasing number of Australian patients presenting with abdominal problems and pain.
This article by Tara Cassidy, writing for ABC-Australia, makes the following points:
- Australia has some of the highest rates of gut illnesses globally, particularly for conditions like inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancers and related allergic diseases.
- The modern Western diet impedes gut bacteria diversity.
- Many Australians turn to probiotics for relief, but despite what many people think, probiotics have very little scientific data to back up claims made by suppliers in the $5 billion industry.
- Soluble and insoluble fibre and acid-resistant starches—found in foods such as bananas, sweet potato and potato—were a better way to go and had been proven in scientific studies to help restore gut health.
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