A group of researchers from the University of Northumbria found that artificial meat from mushrooms reduces the risk of developing colon cancer, as well as improves its microflora. The results of the work were published in the European Journal of Nutrition.
The study involved 20 healthy people. They were divided into two groups: the first consumed 240 grams of red and processed meat daily, and the second – artificial. The experiment continued for two weeks.
The authors then took feces and urine to analyze and establish the levels of genotoxins, substances responsible for the development of cancer. As it turned out, in the second group, the indicators were significantly reduced, and in the first group they were increased compared to the beginning of the study.
The second group also had improved gut health, with an increase in gut bacteria such as lactobacilli, roseburia, and ackermansia. They are necessary to protect against tumors and inflammation. In the first group, on the contrary, the number of bacteria associated with cancer and cardiovascular disease increased.