May 14, 2013 | Luke

Pass me the chips, with a side of bacteria, please... Researchers in Belgium have identified one bacterium, out of the thousands that live in our gut, that can help control obesity. Akkermansia muciniphila has been shown to help obese mice lose weight dramatically.

Leaner mice and humans naturally have more of these bacteria in their gut. Although this doesn't mean that we can eat cake all day, it could one day lead to treatments for obesity and diabetes. What a find! 

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Obese mice lost weight after being fed a mucus-digesting gut bacterium.

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