The Green Mediterranean diet modifies the bacterial population in our gut, with specific bacteria mediating weight loss and cardiac risk reduction



 The green Mediterranean diet (MED) has a striking effect on the microbial population of the human gut (i.e., the “gut microbiome”). In a large-scale clinical interventional trial- the DIRECT PLUS - the gut microbiome of green MED dieters was enriched with bacteria that are known to have a significant effect on human weight and glycemic control. A novel analysis revealed that the health-promoting effects, previously attributed to the green MED diet, are in fact mediated by the changes in the gut microbiome. The study was recently published in Genome Medicine


Green MED diet

Period1 Mar 2022

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  • TitleEurekAlert
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletEurekAlert+ the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
    Media typeWeb
    Duration/Length/Size1 page
    Producer/Authorthe American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
    PersonsIris Shai, Ehud Rinott, Ilan Youngster