According to the Sacramento Bee, a new study done by researchers in the Netherlands and Belgium show that wine, coffee, and tea drinkers have healthier microbes living inside their stomach than those who drink soda. The results of the study were collected by analyzing fecal matter from thousands of volunteers, all with a variety of diets, giving researchers plenty of information.
The first of the studies from Belgium, titled the Flemish Gut Flora Project, compared the stool from 3,500 volunteers, and the cross-checked their findings with a previous study from Holland. Both concluded that the greater the diversity in microbes the better, and wine, coffee, and tea produced the greater diversity.
"In total we found 60 dietary factors that influence the diversity. What these mean exactly is still hard to say," said Alexandra Zhernakova, a researcher from the University Medical Center Groningen, in the Netherlands. "But there is a good correlation between diversity and health: greater diversity is better."
The Los Angeles Times reports that sugary drinks such as soda resulted in a lack of diversity in microbes. But then again, so did outside factors such as smoking during pregnancy. Even age and gender came into play; women were found to have more diverse microbes compared to men, and older people had a greater diversity than the younger generation.
But for all ages and genders, microbe diversity can be boosted with a morning cup of tea or a glass of wine to wind down the day. Because no matter the differences in the subject, systems geneticist Jingyuan Fu of Groningen said diverse microbes have a connection with a healthier body.
"It is becoming more and more clear that the gut microbiome serves as a sort of fingerprint that captures all kinds of signals about host health," said Fu.