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Fructooligosaccharides Plus Resistant Starches Improves Digestive Health In Rat Study

June 30, 2010: 11:42 PM EST
Spanish scientists experimenting with colitic and healthy rats found that blending fructooligosaccharides (FOS), a type of oligosaccharide used in sweeteners, and resistant starch, which resists digestion in the small intestine and passes through to the large intestine where it acts like dietary fiber, can benefit digestive health. Healthy rats given a combination of FOS and resistant starch experienced changes in the intestinal microbiota: lactobacilli and bifidobacteria were increased. The colitic rats also benefited from the combination, experiencing an intestinal anti-inflammatory effect that was associated with an increase of protective bacteria and greater ability to defend against disease. The scientists concluded that combining two different dietary fibers may result in a synergistic prebiotic effect, and may provide intestinal health benefits.
M.E. Rodríguez-Cabezas, D. Camuesco, B. Arribas, N. Garrido-Mesa, et al., "“The combination of fructooligosaccharides and resistant starch shows prebiotic additive effects in rats”", Clinical Nutrition, June 30, 2010, © Elsevier BV
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