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High-Protein, Low-Carbohydrate Diets Reduce Prime Fuel in Colon Cells

High-protein, low-carb diets reduce the production of prime fuel needed for healthy colon cells.

Butyrate is a prime fuel for colon cells. Recent research shows that high protein-low carbohydrate weight loss diets substantially reduce bacterial populations that produce butyrate. In this study, butyrate production in the colon dropped by more than 75% in people on these diets. The end result is that low carb diets can lead to poor colon health and a greater risk of colon cancer. 

PositiveTip: Unrefined carbohydrates in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables provide the major nutrients your body needs, aid in weight loss, and promote colon health.