Do you like to eat delicious cheeses, chocolate and drink good red wine? We have good news for you. These foods are the key to good he alth and a slim waistline, or so according to Professor Tim Spector of King's College London.
The scientist says that instead of depriving ourselves of our favorite foods, we should consume them more often. According to Spector, successful dieting is not about counting calories, but about maintaining the beneficial bacteria that live in our gut.
The human stomach is home to over 400 types of bacteria. Some of them help the absorption of nutrients from food, others are responsible for appetite and fat storage. Of course, not all bacteria are good for our he alth.
Professor Specter shares that the more diverse we eat, the more varieties of bacteria will be in our body and this will make us he althier. Regular consumers of cheese suffer less from cardiovascular diseases than those who do not consume it. Cheeses are one of the richest sources of beneficial bacteria.
Probiotic foods such as yogurt are rich in microbes that we should consume regularly. It is no coincidence that Mediterranean people live longer and are in better he alth. Their menu includes the consumption of olive among other he althy foods such as cheese and salads.
These products contain high levels of polyphenols, which feed the beneficial bacteria and in turn help us maintain a good figure. The bacteria that live in us enjoy chocolate and red wine as much as we do.
Tim Spectrum notes that junk and fatty food and sugar kill off beneficial bacteria,while allowing potentially toxic ones to thrive.
“Microbes are not only essential to the way food is digested. They control our calorie intake and provide vital enzymes and vitamins.”
That's why eat more often dark chocolate, delicious cheeses and drink red wine, but of course in moderation.