There is a bi-directional relationship between the variety of foods we eat and the type and number of bacteria that exist in our gut. These in turn affect the way food is digested, absorbed and stored.
Good food habits like taking prebiotics (fiber) influence the ratio of certain bacteria which produce hormones that make you feel fuller, reduce your appetite and prevent you from gaining weight.
Studies show that taking adequate prebiotics increases the diversity of gut bacteria which prevents weight gain.
It is crucial to consume a varied diet to promote the diversity of the gut microbiome and keep a check on weight gain.
Imbalance in the gut microbiome alters certain biochemicals resulting in decreased satiety, increased appetite and food intake.
Antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria leading to gut imbalance. This may negatively result in weight gain and negatively alter the lipid profile (ratio of LDL to HDL increases).
Studies show that exposure to antibiotics as early as 2 years of age increases the likelihood of developing obesity later in life.