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Gut microbiome, meet Ruminococcus gnavus - the bacteria with a sweet tooth.

It turns out our gut microbes can have a preference for sweets, too. One of these selfish, sugar-loving bacteria is Ruminococcus gnavus.

Ruminococcus gnavus (R gnavus for short) is one of the many bacterial species normally found in the human gut. While it doesn't typically cause harm, an overgrowth of R gnavus may be linked with certain intestinal issues - including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and colon cancer.

Research has also found that people with health problems affecting other parts of the body - including skin allergies, heart disease, stroke, liver disease and brain disorders - have higher levels of these bacteria in their gut.

And learn how both prebiotics and probiotics can affect the IBS gut microbiome.

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