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Food Antioxidants in Lean and Obese Children
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Food Antioxidants in Lean and Obese Children

Gut microbial flora in obese people have been found to differ from that of lean subjects for some taxa which could result in different production of microbial metabolites. A recently published study studied whether the gut microbiota from obese children extracts a different concentration of antioxidant capacity than the gut microbiota from lean children [1]. Antioxidant capacity released using lean gut microbiota was higher than that released using obese gut microbiota [1]. Lean gut microbiota could potentially release more antioxidant power from vegetables than from animal products, while obese gut microbiota did the opposite [1]. The results reflect that the total antioxidant capacity of foods is influenced by the gut microbiota [1].


1. Navajas-Porras, Beatriz, Pérez-Burillo, Sergio, Hinojosa-Nogueira, Daniel, Douros, Konstantinos, Pastoriza, Silvia & Rufián-Henares, José Ángel. 2022. The Gut Microbiota of Obese Children Releases Lower Antioxidant Capacity from Food than That of Lean Children. Nutrients 14: 2829.

Posted by Dr. Loke Wai Mun