New research published in the journal Nature finds diet may be key to promoting diverse communities of beneficial bacteria in the guts of older people. The findings provide exciting new opportunities for the food industry as there is now the scientific basis for developing foods to promote healthier ageing.

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney has welcomed the outputs of this important research; ‘The Irish food industry will directly benefit from the scientific knowledge generated on foot of this research and be in a position to develop new food products to enhance the health of older citizens in the ever increasing ageing population. These new products will also help to achieve the targets set for Ireland’s agri-food industry under Food Harvest 2020’.

The discovery was made by a multidisciplinary team of scientists from University College Cork and Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark.

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Written by The Science Squad