Fiber-munching mice avoid asthma

Posted: 1/8/2014

From Yahoo! News:

It's important to trust your gut. Because the stomach, and the food put into it, can influence the entire body. For example, a new study finds that mice that eat lots of fiber have stronger resistance against asthma-like attacks.

For two weeks, lab mice ate one of three diets: low-fiber, or regular chow, or food supplemented with fiber-rich pectin. Then the mice were exposed to allergy-inducing dust mites. And the low-fiber rodents suffered from increased airway inflammation, while the high-fiber group experienced less of an asthmatic response. Read more.