Glenn Gibson, Professor of Food Microbiology and the Head of Food Microbial Sciences at the University of Reading, gave the most interesting and fascinating talk on gut health. Glenn believes that only by understanding how gut bacteria function, we gain more information on the roles of microbes in metabolic disorders and inflammatory conditions. In his talk, he highlighted his interest in the gut microbiota as therapeutic target for nutritional interventions. Glenn demonstrated with his speech that both pre and probiotics have suffered from poor success in gaining permission for the use of health claims because of the rigid requirements of the EU legislative framework. The approach of these novel foods carries little to no risk for consumers but holds promise for improved health and wellbeing. The main types and clinical applications were discussed, and he shown data from numerous volunteer trials in IBS, IBD, obesity, traveller’s diarrhoea, autism, infants, elderly persons, as evidence by their ability to positively change the gut microbiota composition after a short feeding period. We hope to invite him to hear more about our friendly bacteria!
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