Fermentable Carbohydrates and Digestive Health

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Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNondigestible Carbohydrates and Digestive Health
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9780813817620
StatePublished - Mar 16 2011


  • Carbohydrate classification
  • Dietary fiber, reducing diarrhea - protection from harmful bacterial overgrowth in intestine
  • Fermentable carbohydrates and digestive health
  • Fiber fermentability, difficulty in in vivo study - invasiveness of colon studies and dynamic nature of colon
  • Fiber fermentation by gut microbiota - intestinal gas, short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) and lowering gut pH
  • Gastrointestinal tolerance - for poorly-digested carbohydrates
  • IOM definitions of fiber - dietary fiber, as intact and intrinsic in foods
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), functional gastrointestinal disorder - "a group of functional bowel disorders"
  • Methods, measuring carbohydrate malabsorption and fermentation
  • Role of fiber in human body - being debated

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