Promoting human health by optimising intestinal epithelial integrity and function is without a doubt within the reach of food industries. Using our gut integrity models and our nutrition physiology expertise, we have been able to elucidate the role of nutrition in gut health.
Vegetables versus meat
Our experiments have shown that consumption of haem (the red pigment in meat) may result in damage to the inner layer of the gut. However, the dietary component chlorophyll (the green pigment in vegetables) can protect against the epithelial damage, as caused by haem. Thus, our models show that chlorophyll can aid in maintaining gut integrity.