Nutrition and gut health

Our research seeks to develop a better understanding of the role of food and nutrition in gut health, for the development of diets, foods and supplements that improve the health of the digestive system.

The Challenge

Australia's digestive disease burden

Australia has one of the highest incidence rates of chronic diseases of the digestive system, including colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel diseases.

Our Response

Understanding how nutrition influences gut health

Our research seeks to develop a better understanding of the role of food and nutrition in gut health, for the development of diets, foods and supplements that improve the health of the digestive system.

Case studies

  • Resistant starch

    Our research on the bacteria in the gut (microbiome) has led to important discoveries on the role that fibre from food plays in gut health.

  • BARLEYmax

    A wholegrain developed by CSIRO has superior health benefits that can help combat cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and colorectal cancer.

  • The Hungry Microbiome

    We've created a fascinating biomedical animation, The Hungry Microbiome, to bring to life years of scientific research and educate the public on how starch gets broken down in the gut.

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