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Men who follow a predominantly plant-based diet emit more gas than men who follow a meat-based diet, according to a study. The results indicate that participants who ate mainly vegan foods had healthier gut bacteria and better colon health.
Researchers assessed the role of diet in gut and digestive health, including looking at stool health and the amount of gas felt.
There were two diet groups: a Mediterranean type diet (FMD) low in fat and high in fiber or a Western type diet high in fat (WD). Foot-and-mouth disease is rich in vegetables, fruits, and legumes, among other plant foods.
Publications have widely reported that this study compared plant-based diets with those based on meat, however, foot-and-mouth disease contains certain animal products such as fish.
WD participants ate foods such as ham, eggs and beef.
The sample size was relatively small; the crossover study included 20 healthy men aged 18 to 38. However, two of them did not follow the study instructions and therefore were not included in the analysis.
The researchers randomly assigned participants to one of the diets. They stuck on this diet for two weeks, took a two week break, and then switched to the other diet for another two weeks.
Compared with meat-based WD, plant-based foot-and-mouth disease was associated with increased stool production, as well as a softer stool consistency.
Sign of a healthy colon
Foot-and-mouth disease also caused more gas – about seven times more per day, according to News scientist. Rosemary Stanton of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, told the publication that was a good thing.
“Our Western idea that farting is a sign that something is wrong is totally wrong,” she said. Stanton added that usually “farting is a sign of healthy eating and a healthy colon.”
In addition, the flatulence was generally odorless, Men’s health Noted.
A recently published separate study looked at the influence of vegan meat on the gut microbiome. He found that butyrate-producing microbes increased in participants who ate the herbal items. It can help improve digestion and the immune system, according to scientist Miguel Toribio-Mateas.
Other research has linked meat consumption to colon problems. According to the World Health Organization, eating red and processed meat could increase the risk of developing colorectal cancer.