According to foreign media Slash Gear, many people work hard to keep themselves healthy on weekdays, to exercise every day and eat healthy food, while spending only the weekend relaxing and eating what they crave. According to a new study, weekend indulgence sits at risk if it includes eating some high-sugar junk food. Researchers at the University of Alberta School of Medicine and Dentistry in Canada found that taking just a few days to eat high-sugar foods can trigger severe inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) symptoms.
Inflammatory bowel disease usually includes ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease (CD), both of which involve inflammation of the digestive tract. Both conditions are difficult to manage and can be serious, which can destroy human life and can lead to long-term health problems. Diet plays a major role in the severity of these diseases. At the heart of the problem may be the effects of diet on gut bacteria, and the effects of different strains of gut bacteria on inflammation and overall health.
According to new research, someone who consumes a lot of sugar in the short term may increase the risk of IBD. These findings were based on effects observed in mice, which found that just two days after eating a high-sugar diet, they had an increased risk of developing chemical colitis and developed “severe” IBD symptoms.
A high-fiber diet and a generally healthy, balanced diet contribute to “good” bacteria in the gut. High sugar intake (especially as part of a low-fiber diet) has a serious impact on gut bacteria, leading to the proliferation of “bad” strains such as E. coli. These strains promote inflammation and other health consequences, including depression and anxiety.
When fed mice a high-sugar diet, the researchers found that they experienced an “immune deficiency response” that caused greater damage to intestinal tissue. However, when short-chain fatty acids (fatty acids produced by good gut bacteria) are given, the problem is “mitigated”, highlighting the potential treatment of IBD.