I'm Shelby Cullinan with today's health news.
The Mediterranean diet has long been hailed as a key to good health and longevity.
Andthis may be one reason why.
A new study from Italy found a link between eating fiber-richfoods such as fruits, vegetables and legumes — foods all typical of a Mediterranean diet— and health-promoting short chain fatty acids (SCFAs).
SCFAs are produced by bacteriain the gut when the body digests fiber.
They are known to promote health by reducing therisk of inflammatory diseases, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Higher levels of SCFAswere found in the vegans, the vegetarians and those who consistently ate a Mediterraneandiet.
Speak to your doctor about a healthy diet for you.