Getting more fiber into your diet isn’t just good for digestion. According to a study, it could also reduce symptoms of diabetes and help with weight loss. The study, published in the journal Science, revealed that dietary fiber could “rebalance” the gut microbiota, encouraging the development of specific types of gut bacteria that improve blood glucose regulation.
In the study, lead author Liping Zhao of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University–New Brunswick and his team investigated the relationship between the bacteria in the gut and diabetes. The gut microbiota, which is home to billions of bacteria, contains both beneficial and harmful microbes. Still, they all work to not only to ensure proper digestion but also to support the immune system and other things, as recent studies have begun to highlight.