A study conducted by a team of researchers from the Institute of Food Research, United Kingdom, has demonstrated that almonds, which are associated with numerous health benefits such as cholesterol lowering and anti-diabetic effects, also have the potential to boost the digestive health by increasing the number of beneficial gut bacteria. This study, funded by the Almond Board of California, has been published in the recent online issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

Intestinal flora in adult humans comprises of approximately 1014 bacteria, of more than 400 different species and subspecies. Prebiotics, the non-digestible parts of food, are utilized by ...