Scientists have shown the benefits of a diet rich in extra virgin olive oil as a modulator of intestinal microbiota, compared to the effects of a diet enriched in butter, which develops in greater extent factors involved in metabolic syndrome, including dentists in Tijuana They mention that these oils are essential for healthy teeth.

According to this study, butter increases the number of intestinal proteobacteria, which is related to an increase in blood insulin and blood pressure

In addition, there is the added social issue of the types of pathologies present in Central Europe, where butter has been the fat used par excellence for cooking, and in the Mediterranean area, where extra virgin olive oil has been commonly used for that purpose.

Until now it was not thought that olive oil could have an effect different from that of other fats on the gut microbiota, the set of microorganisms that reside in the intestine. In that sense, he points out that from the perspective of nutrition and physiology this is relevant because the general idea was that diets high in any type of fat were bad for the intestinal microbiota.

The sample of mice was divided into three groups, two of them were fed a diet enriched in extra virgin olive oil or a diet enriched in butter and the third one fed a standard diet for laboratory animals. From each of the animals, we obtained data on the bacteria present in their intestines. The profiles of the intestinal microbiota were related to the different physiological parameters used as indicators of the development of metabolic syndrome.

The results suggest that butter increases the number of intestinal proteobacteria, and this is related to an increase in blood insulin and blood pressure, physiological parameters linked to the development of the metabolic syndrome. With the extra virgin olive oil, despite being a high-fat diet, these microbial changes did not occur and a lower increase in body weight and blood pressure was detected, together with a better blood lipid profile.