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Breakfast Cereal Enriched With Whole Grain Maize Boosts Prebiotic Bacteria In The Gut

October 1, 2010: 11:31 AM EST

Scientists in the U.K have shown for the first time that a breakfast cereal enriched with whole grain maize significantly boosts levels of a prebiotic bacteria beneficial to the digestive system. Eating prebiotic polysaccharide fibers such as inulin and certain resistant starches has been found to positively impact gut microbiota. The new finding may have found a replacement for inulin. According to the study, eating 48 grams of cereal fortified with about 30 percent whole grain maize semolina each day for 21 days significantly boosted levels of bifidobacteria in the gut, compared to non-fortified cereal. Eating the fortified cereal “resulted in a significant mean increase in fecal bifidobacteria, which is considered a positive indicator of prebiotic activity,” the authors concluded.

A. L. Carvalho-Wells, et al., "Determination of the in vivo prebiotic potential of a maize-based whole grain breakfast cereal: a human feeding study", British Journal of Nutrition, October 01, 2010, © Cambridge University Press
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