Researchers from the University of Liverpool have found that soluble fibres found in the plantain, a type of banana, and broccoli could help patients with Crohn’s disease.
Scientists studied at the impact of roughage from vegetables on the passage of harmful bacteria through cells inside the gut. They found that the plantain and broccoli were the most beneficial.
Said Dr Barry Campbell, from the University’s Institute of Translational Medicine, “This research shows that different dietary components can have powerful effects on the movement of bacteria through the bowel. We have known for some time the general health benefits of eating plantain and broccoli, which are both high in vitamins and minerals, but until now we have not understood how they can boost the body’s natural defences against infection common in Crohn’s patients. Our work suggests that it might be important for patients with this condition to eat healthily and limit their intake of processed foods.”
Crohn’s is a condition of chronic intestinal inflammation, leading to pain, bleeding and diarrhoea. People with Crohn’s disease have increased numbers of a ‘sticky’ type of E.coli and weakened ability to fight off invading intestinal bacteria.