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      Consumption of a diet rich in Brassica vegetables is associated with a reduced abundance of sulphate‐reducing bacteria: A randomised crossover study


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          We examined whether a Brassica‐rich diet was associated with an increase in the relative abundance of intestinal lactobacilli and sulphate‐reducing bacteria (SRB), or alteration to the composition of the gut microbiota, in healthy adults.

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          A randomised crossover study was performed with ten healthy adults who were fed a high‐ and a low‐ Brassica diet for 2‐wk periods, with a 2‐wk washout phase separating the diets. The high‐ Brassica diet consisted of six 84 g portions of broccoli, six 84 g portions of cauliflower and six 300 g portions of a broccoli and sweet potato soup. The low‐ Brassica diet consisted of one 84 g portion of broccoli and one 84 g portion of cauliflower. Faecal microbiota composition was measured in samples collected following 2‐wk Brassica‐free periods (consumption of all Brassica prohibited), and after each diet, whereby the only Brassica consumed was that supplied by the study team. No significant changes to the relative abundance of lactobacilli were observed ( p = 0.8019). The increased consumption of Brassica was associated with a reduction in the relative abundance of SRB ( p = 0.0215), and members of the Rikenellaceae, Ruminococcaceae, Mogibacteriaceae, Clostridium and unclassified Clostridiales ( p < 0.01).


          The increased consumption of Brassica vegetables was linked to a reduced relative abundance of SRB, and therefore may be potentially beneficial to gastrointestinal health.

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                Mol Nutr Food Res
                Mol Nutr Food Res
                Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
                John Wiley and Sons Inc. (Hoboken )
                12 April 2017
                September 2017
                : 61
                : 9 ( doiID: 10.1002/mnfr.v61.9 )
                : 1600992
                [ 1 ] Food and Health Programme Institute of Food Research Norwich Research Park Norwich UK
                [ 2 ] Analytical Sciences Unit Institute of Food Research Norwich Research Park Norwich UK
                [ 3 ] Gut Health and Food Safety Programme Institute of Food Research Norwich Research Park Norwich UK
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                [*] [* ] Correspondence: Richard Mithen

                E‐mail: richard.mithen@ 123456ifr.ac.uk

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                © 2017 The Authors. Molecular Nutrition & Food Research published by WILEY‐VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim

                This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

                : 11 November 2016
                : 16 February 2017
                : 24 February 2017
                Page count
                Figures: 5, Tables: 3, Pages: 11, Words: 7135
                Funded by: Danish Council for Strategic Research
                Funded by: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
                Award ID: BB/J004545/1
                Award ID: BBS/E/F/00042624
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                September 2017
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                Nutrition & Dietetics
                brassica,gastrointestinal health,gut microbiota,randomised crossover study,sulphate‐reducing bacteria


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