Season 2 – Episode #1 From Problem Food to Detection

For this episode, join Josh Herskovitz and Emma Farquharson as these two “twins” from the Goddard and Nugen Labs use their “sibling humor” to summarize some of the most recent and fascinating literature in Food Microbiology.

This month, for our 10th episode (but 1st episode of Season 2), our speakers walk us through two new papers, while also splendidly enunciating the ways in which these findings connect to what currently is practiced within the field of Food Microbiology

Josh and Emma examine how the low levels of persistent glucose and fructose in Western diets directly interfere with the colonization of Bacteroides thetaiotamicron – a critical organism for good health. Next, these two friends chat about the use of pectins as a colonization aide prebiotic, instead of the classical concept of prebiotics as fuel for cells!
We eat food every day, so it makes sense that it would be a consistently hot topic of research. So join us this month as we explore how foods can hurt AND help our health.

Townsend, G. E., Han, W., Schwalm, N. D., Raghavan, V., Barry, N. A., Goodman, A. L., & Groisman, E. A. (2019). Dietary sugar silences a colonization factor in a mammalian gut symbiont. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(1), 233-238. doi:10.1073/pnas.1813780115

Larsen, N., Cahú, T. B., Isay Saad, S. M., Blennow, A., & Jespersen, L. (2018). The effect of pectins on survival of probiotic Lactobacillus spp. in gastrointestinal juices is related to their structure and physical properties. Food Microbiology, 74, 11-20. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fm.2018.02.015

Josh Herskovitz and Emma Farquharson
Download: Episode#1 – From Problem Foods to Protection Foods

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