In my “Living-Dead” past, I always knew that antibiotics found in food weren’t exactly good for you. But I never suspected that they could actually make you gain weight. As I began to study the side effects, read articles and studies, the following headings began to pop up
- From Berkeley Wellness – “Are Antibiotics Making Us Fat?”[i]
- From CBS News – “Chemicals in Food Can Make You Fat”[ii]
- From Fox News – “6 foods that can damage your metabolism the moment you eat them”[iii]
- From The Dr. Oz Show – “The Fat Drug: How Antibiotics Make You Gain Weight”[i
It’s beyond simple of how antibiotics may cause weight gain. While your body is attempting to keep its gut bacteria in perfect balance, antibiotics kill off some of the flora, thus disturb the precious balance in the gut. [v] These changes may be triggered by antibiotics and/or other antimicrobial agents.[vi]
A study entitled, “Obesity in the United States – Dysbiosis from Exposure to Low-Dose Antibiotics?” suggests that weight epidemic may be attributed to being exposed to the low-residue antibiotics from food supply.[vii] By the way, the word dysbiosis means the imbalance of bacteria. Here’s how it works.
“If you have an imbalance of bacteria—too much of the type that breaks food down into energy—you may be absorbing more calories from the same amount of food you eat than you would otherwise.”
-University of California, Berkeley Wellness-[viii]
Here’s an excerpt of the conclusion of yet another study entitled, “Risk Assessment of Growth Hormones and Antimicrobial Residues in Meat”. I believe that it will drive the message home:
“The induction of resistant bacteria and the disruption of normal human intestinal flora are major concerns of human health for antimicrobial growth promoters.”
– Toxicological Research –[ix]
As you can see, the common denominator is the disruption of gut flora and consequences that follow. So, next time you go to a restaurant, ask if the chicken or steak that you’re about to order is organic? If not organic, you may think twice about ordering such “almost food.”
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