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J Nutr. 2007 Nov;137(11 Suppl):2503S-2506S. doi: 10.1093/jn/137.11.2503S.

Prebiotic capacity of inulin-type fructans.

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Food Microbial Sciences Unit, Department of Food Biosciences, The University of Reading, Reading, UK.

Abstract

The human gut microbiota plays a significant role in human health through its ability to digest food ingredients and manufacture metabolites. This can be positive or negative for host welfare. Moreover, the microflora plays an active role in host defense whereby colonization resistance affords protection against pathogens. Prebiotics are nondigestible food ingredients that target beneficial components of the gut microflora (mainly colonic), particularly the bifidobacteria. In vitro and in vivo evidence has accumulated to confirm the prebiotic effects of inulin-derived fructans.

PMID:
17951493
DOI:
10.1093/jn/137.11.2503S
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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