Lifestyle Health and Wellbeing 16 Feb 2016 Sugar found in leafy ...

Sugar found in leafy greens helps to promote health

ANI
Published Feb 16, 2016, 6:37 pm IST
Updated Feb 16, 2016, 8:42 pm IST
The discovery also provides crucial insights that may one day be exploited to develop an entirely new class of antibiotics.
Each year, leafy green vegetables, such as spinach, produce the sugar on an enormous scale globally. (Photo: Representative image)
 Each year, leafy green vegetables, such as spinach, produce the sugar on an enormous scale globally. (Photo: Representative image)

A new discovery finds out how bacteria feed on an unusual sugar molecule found in leafy green vegetables could hold the key to explaining how 'good' bacteria protect our gut and promote health.

The finding suggests that leafy greens are essential for feeding good gut bacteria, limiting the ability of bad bacteria to colonise the gut by shutting them out of the prime 'real estate'.

 

Researchers from Melbourne and the UK identified a previously unknown enzyme used by bacteria, fungi and other organisms to feed on the unusual but abundant sugar sulfoquinovose, SQ for short, found in green vegetables.

Each year, leafy green vegetables, such as spinach, produce the sugar on an enormous scale globally, comparable to the world's total annual iron ore production.

The discovery also provides crucial insights that may one day be exploited to develop an entirely new class of antibiotics.

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