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Dietary Patterns Related to Distinct Microbiota Composition in Children

Recent research has uncovered more and more about the human gut microbiome, including which microbes reside there and the functions they serve.

Nutrition researchers at the University of Illinois are looking at possible links between dietary patterns in children and their microbiota.

A new study looks at the habitual dietary patterns of 4- to 8-year-old children and their microbiota composition. Findings show that there is distinct microbiota composition based on specific dietary patterns. A better understanding of how dietary patterns impact the microbiome could help in developing nutrition-based therapies for microbiota-related diseases.

NIFA supports this research through the Hatch Act Program.

Read the full article at the University of Illinois News.

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