Keto Diet Dramatically Impacts Gut Health, Study

he keto diet could have a positive effect on the gut in more ways than one, according to a new study published in the May 20 issue of the journal Cell and showed that it can significantly alter the microbes in our gut.

The two-month study first tracked microbiome changes in 17 obese or overweight men according to their diet, followed by further testing in mice.

Study author Peter Turnbaugh, an associate professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of California, San Francisco, together with some researchers placed half of the men on a one-month “standard” Western diet based on 50 percent carbohydrates, 15 percent protein and 35 percent fat.

Meanwhile the other half started a keto diet made up of five percent carbs, 15 percent protein and 80 percent fat.

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