Can eating this type of sugar prevent weight gain?

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Mannose, a type of sugar, can greatly affect metabolism, weight gain, and the composition of gut bacteria in rodents. This result may lead to new treatments and prevention strategies for both obesity and weight gain.

A type of sugar called mannose may help keep weight gain in check.

More and more studies are unraveling the multi-layered relationship between our gut microbiome and weight gain.

A few years ago, a twin study that Medical News Today reported on found that genes influence the bacteria that live in our gut, which, in turn, influence whether we gain weight or not.

Another paper proposed that our diets influence our guts’ “power” to decide how much weight we gain.

Belly fat — the most harmful type of fat — in particular is known to be driven by our gut bacteria, but the food that we eat, this study suggested, plays a more important role in these weight-regulating gut processes than genes.

New research brings further nuance to this latter idea. Specifically, a new study looks at how the intake of mannose, a type of sugar, affects gut bacteria and weight gain in mice.

Hudson Freeze, Ph.D., director of the Human Genetics Program at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in San Diego, CA, led the new research, which was published in the journal Cell Reports.

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