How Eating Whole-Rye or Wheat Foods Improves Microbiota
Recent research suggests that eating whole-grain rye or wheat influences serotonin levels in plasma and microbiota with certain effects for health such as decreasing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.The study was performed by the University of Eastern Finland and the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France.
In the course of the study, the researchers investigated how whole grains influence different metabolites in the blood.
The analysis of the received blood samples from people eating different products showed that people who had plenty of whole grains in their diet had significantly lower serotonin levels in plasma than those who ate a low-fiber diet.
Study co-author Kati Hanhineva, Ph.D., explains: “Whole grain, on the other hand, is known to reduce the risk of diabetes, and on the basis of these new results, the effect could at least partly be due to a decrease in serotonin levels.”
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