Children who had started eating solid foods at or before three months had a significantly higher bacteria diversity in their stool samples at three months and at 12 months, an indication of a more diverse gut bacterial population, compared with those who had started on solid foods at a later time, according to a study published in BMC Microbiology. The findings, based on data involving 67 children, also showed that infants who had started on solid foods by three months had significantly higher concentrations of butyric acid and total short-chain fatty acids at 12 months, which have been linked to an increased risk for obesity and diabetes.
Early solid food introduction may alter gut microbiome
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