Vegan Diet Alters Microbiome and Insulin Sensitivity, Drops Weight
A low-fat vegan diet induces changes in gut microbiota that are related to altered body composition and insulin sensitivity, and result in weight loss, according to results of a randomized controlled trial in overweight/obese adults. Over the 16-week intervention, body weight was significantly reduced in individuals on the vegan diet compared with those who stayed on their everyday (nonvegan) diet, with a loss of –5.8 kg (P < .001), which was largely because of a drop in fat mass, with a treatment effect of –3.9 kg (P < .001). Visceral fat was also significantly reduced with the vegan eating plan.
@mina Eating a plant-based diet with ample fiber changes the gut microbiome composition for the better by feeding the right kind of bacteria...notably short-chain fatty acid producing Faecalibacterium prausnitzii, [which] deliver many metabolic benefits including weight loss, increased insulin sensitivity, and fat loss, including visceral fat loss